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Good Practice Exchange

In this section you will find examples of approaches and materials developed by existing MEG members in order to address particular difficulties in certain subjects or cross-curricular areas such as IQER, Partnership agreements, etc.

We currently focus on Apprentice Progression to HE. This features the work of three colleges, Grimsby, Stockport and Wigan and Leigh, all of  which were part of a project funded by fdf to look at the ways of improving rates of progression from Apprenticeship to HE.

The colleges have drawn up a range of approaches and resources, which can be accessed here.

In the same theme, fdf has recently transferred its bank of diverse resources to the HEA and a number of other organisations. Details can be found here.

MEG members are also Associate members of UVAC and thus have access to the wide range of publications produced by UVAC staff. These focus on work-based learning and details can be found at

  • 20 February 2018

    HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees For the first time, it is possible to compare subjects based on how vocational they are, using a new measure called the occupations subject concentration ratio. HEFCE does not suggest that subjects should become more or less vocational. Less vocational subjects offer a broad range of options to graduates, while more vocational subjects restrict these options in a graduate’s early career. HEFCE believes this information can help potential students choose which degree subject to study. HEFCE states that this is an experimental measure and are keen to receive any comments, feedback or suggestions on it and its potential uses. More »

  • 13 February 2018

    Disappearing part-time and mature students: time for change Professor Julie Lydon Vice-Chancellor University of South Wales has written about the problem we are so acutely aware of and makes some useful suggestions for addressing this issue. More »

  • 31 January 2018

    Universities must revisit BTECs as a route to higher education Gabriel Huntley authored this University Alliance, Pearson and The Social Market Foundation report about vocational routes to higher education. More »

  • 16 December 2013

    Wecome to MEG Thinkpiece 15 minutes to spare, cup of coffee close by? Then time to read, reflect and add to the Thinkpiece debate! Write to us with your views and your Thinkpiece may join others on our website. As a start, we publish three articles written by leading figures in college-based HE. John Widdowson, the Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of colleges, explores how we might fill the Polytechnic hole. Marina Parha, Vice Principal of The Manchester college, seeks a true calling for vocational HE and Sarah Shobrook, the Director of HE at Truro and Penwith suggests that the term Vocational HE has had its day! More »