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HE regulation plans for England are "overly complex" policy experts say

The proposed new system for regulating higher education in England is too complex and is not fit for purpose, a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute argues.

The planned regulatory framework, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, fails to address existing weaknesses in the system or to take account of changes in the sector. It would leave a growing number of overseas and commercial providers of HE unregulated, while putting too much control in the hands of government agencies, says the report, written by HEPI Director Bahram Beckhradnia and Roger Brown, Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University.

The HEPI paper calls for an alternative scheme that is both less cumbersome and more comprehensive.

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