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Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

A Message From Our Chair

Our formal title is usually abbreviated to MEG and we are referred to as the MEG colleges by Government departments, funding bodies and other membership groups. We are a group of 41 colleges which offer Higher Education in an FE setting and we can trace our origins back to a core group of members who began to discuss HE in FE matters back in the mid-1990s. Higher Education offered in Colleges of Further Education is achieving increased recognition as a growing and responsive part of the wider higher education landscape. Colleges offer value for money HE courses which are available locally and respond to the needs of employers.

They attract students who might otherwise be unable to study for higher level qualifications to progress not only in their studies but also in their careers.

MEG provides a focus for teachers and managers in HE in FE to share ideas, develop policy and work together to ensure that Colleges offer the highest quality courses for their students.

The MEG website contains key documents describing our work, the projects we undertake and the aspirations we have for the future for HE in FE.

John Widdowson

Chair, Mixed Economy Group

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  • 22 March 2018

    The decline of PT undergraduate higher education & Forgotten Learners (mature students) Two recent reports which analyse the decline in part time and mature students More »

  • 12 March 2018

    Introduction of an FE subscription by JISC Jisc is funded by all education funding councils across the UK. To date, the Department for Education (DfE) and its predecessors have fully funded Jisc to deliver its core portfolio including the world-leading Janet network, full protection from cybersecurity and e-books into general FE colleges, independent specialist colleges and sixth form colleges. Introduction of an FE subscription From August 2019 this is going to change. As a consequence of the comprehensive spending review DfE have confirmed their intention to change how they intend to fund Jisc which will involve a significant funding reduction. The department has however, also confirmed it will continue to fund a proportion of Jisc's work. More »

  • 09 March 2018

    Degree Apprenticeship Week- Posts you might have missed With the end of Degree Apprenticeship week here are a summary of HEFCE Blogs 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 »