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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)

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Useful sources of data and research:

The Quality Assurance Agency

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

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

Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes

  • 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 »