About The Mixed Economy Group

Statement of Purpose
The Mixed Economy Group (MEG) of colleges represents those Further Education Colleges with a significant established, strategic and developmental role in the provision of Higher Education.

Member colleges focus on the complementary aims of widening participation amongst groups and individuals currently under-represented in Higher Education and working with employers to ensure that higher level skills are developed and recognised in the workplace..


Our Membership

The Chair is elected by ballot of member colleges immediately after the summer term meeting. Candidates must be a serving Principal of a member college. The Chair holds office three years, commencing on 1 August.


MEG Meetings 2024-25
Face to face meetings are held in London close to Euston main line station at the Friends House, 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ.
The meetings start at 11:00 with a 14:30 finish
Our next MEG meeting will be on Friday 21 June 2024. Face to face. NOTE 10.15 start.

Autumn Term Friday TBA Zoom only November 2024. Zoom only.
Sprint Term Friday TBA March 2025

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Statement of Aims, we are committed to:

  • Promoting the value of Higher Technical Education (HTE) in raising the aspirations of individuals and meeting the skills needs of the economy;
  • Influencing the development of national policy regarding College Based Higher Education (CBHE);
  • Using Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP & FDAP) as a vehicle to continue to raise the high standard of College Based Higher Education, together with focused scholarly activity and organisational change;
  • Supporting member colleges in the strategic development and delivery of CBHE;
  • Working in partnership with other organisations to develop and deliver high quality, innovative approaches to the development and delivery of Higher Education;
  • Sharing good practice including data ;
  • Supporting members to seek and implement new local markets with employers for the development of higher-level skills for their existing and future workforces;
  • Promoting the benefits of higher-level employability skills;
  • Seeking and implementing new markets with employers for the development of higher-level skills within the locality
  • Widening participation amongst groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education

In seeking to achieve these aims, MEG colleges have a focus on the delivery of higher level vocational skills. This is seen as a commitment to qualifications which link the colleges with their local employers. The ability to gain FD Awarding Powers consolidates this focus, enabling greater control of the means to meet employer need.

Contact Us

If you want to discuss a particular matter please contact the MEG Chair, Dr Sam Parrett OBE.