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Our Membership

MEG has a high profile. This is based on its measured and evidence-based approach to policy issues which is in turn drawn from its members’ contributions to discussions and research papers. The group serves as a network for senior practitioners of HE in FE, enabling them to discuss policy and practice informally between regular termly meetings. MEG carries out research on a regular basis and is regarded as a source of informed opinion by a range of Government, academic and employer organisations.

Membership Criteria

MEG is a single-issue organisation, being concerned entirely about HE in FE matters. The force of its arguments stems from the volume of HE delivered by its members, so our only criterion for membership is that colleges wishing to join us must have at least 500 Full time Equivalent HE students. Institutions are members of MEG: actual representation at MEG meetings is the decision of college Principals.

MEG membership runs from 1 August - 31 July. Our membership fee for the 2013-2014 academic year will be £1,500


MEG members meet formally three times a year during college term times, usually in London. Additional meetings take place as required.

  • 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 »