Policies, Research & Consultations

Policy Documents

MEG responds to developments in College Based Higher Education (CBHE) by responding to consultations but also undertakes and commissions selective research for the benefit of members and the wider CBHE community . We also publish articles designed to stimulate discussion and raise awareness of CBHE matters. This section of the website includes:

● a selection of our Consultation responses;
● examples of documents drafted by MEG, sometimes jointly with other agencies, and;
● a selection of research publications including an overview of CBHE, Scholarly Activity,
Progression to HE, leadership in HE in FE, higher level Apprenticeships etc

Individual MEG member colleges have an active interest in research and scholarly activity and many hold annual HE in FE research conferences in partnership with their local universities. Examples of work completed in-house by HE teaching staff will be posted on this part of the site.


Research Documents

MEG members contribute significantly to the research that is undertaken about College based HE. As a group we have been funded to write a number of papers or research documents and these can be found in this part of the website. For ease of access, we have grouped the papers into broad headings.

Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge

‘Facing the Future: Responding to Change in College Based Higher Education’

Exploring Scholarship and scholarly activity in college-based Higher Education

Higher viewpoints: studying Higher Education in a Further Education College Consultations

From Trade to Profession: A review of careers education, information advice and guidance arrangements for Higher Apprentices from an FE college perspective.

Filling the Polytechnic size hole: the role of colleges

What is Higher Vocational Education and how do we define it?

What is Higher Vocational Education and how do we define it? ‘Inside looking out’

Inspiring Individuals: teaching higher education in a further education college


MEG’s response to consultations affecting HE in FE can be found here:-

MEG response to the recent OfS consultation on Access and Participation


The following organisations may be of interest to anyone involved in the delivery of HE in FE.


Government Departments

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy note was (BIS)

Department for Education (DfE)


Funding Councils

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) archive material

The Office for Students Ofs



Useful sources of data and research:

 Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education

British Educational Research Association ( BERA )

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) archive only

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE)

Association of Colleges (AoC)

Consortium of Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST)

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

The Higher Education Empirical Research Database (formerly hosted by CHERI, now with QAA)

Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes

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If you want to discuss a particular matter please contact the MEG Chair, John Widdowson.