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Live higher education news roundup
New figures suggest that more graduates are finding employment or going on to further study. But there are trends within the statistics that raise questions about the direction of the graduate labour market and that could cause concern for the future, warns Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters .
As UK higher education enters a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, Tony Strike, University Secretary and Director of Strategy at the University of Sheffield, says that more than ever before universities need reliable practical tools to guide them through the challenges they face.
Many UK universities have fallen further behind international competitors in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.
A new parliamentary-led inquiry conducted by the Higher Education Commission is to investigate innovation in alternative models of delivering Higher Education.
The Commission, a cross-party group of parliamentarians and leading representatives from business, industry, and the public sector, says it wants to investigate a broad spectrum of higher education institutions providing alternative models of provision which differ from the campus-based three year undergraduate course.
The inquiry’s final report will be launched in June 2017 and will make a series of recommendations designed to promote good practice ahead of the Higher Education and Research Bill which is currently making its way through the House of Lords.
The Bill will introduce a new regulatory architecture which will relax regulations to allow high quality entrants to enter the market. The Commission said it is important to consider whether the newer so-called ‘challenger institutions’ – who may offer alternative models of provision – are genuinely expanding the choice for students in the market. The inquiry, chaired by Lord Norton of Louth and Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester, will examine whether these institutions offer a distinct alternative and offer recommendations for cross-sector learning.
The inquiry follows the HE Commission's From Bricks to Clicks report which investigated the potential of data analytics in HE and how providers could use data to better deliver education.
A call for evidence is to be issued in the New Year, inviting insights from sector bodies, employers, and universities on the innovation taking place in institutions providing an alternative model of provision.
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