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Politics, Policy and Priorities

The impact on Further Education Colleges

and their role in

Higher Education

Ian Munro

Association of Colleges (SW)


The journey – so far!

  • 1992 Incorporation of colleges

  • 2000 Learning and Skills Councils

  • 2001 Foundation Degrees

  • 1995 -2005 = 35 major policy reviews of FE System

  • 2005 Foster Review – focus on FE Colleges and role in HE (rec. 69-73)

  • 2006 Raising skills and Improving Life Chances (White paper)

  • 2007 FE Bill and 2007 Leitch Review

  • FE Bill – linked to Public Sector reform agenda

    …………..so where do we go next?


The future Shape of FE

  • Demand led?

  • Commissioning, tendering and contestability

  • Stability and Flexibility – the right mix

  • Unstable sector - new (short term) entrants

  • Challenges of access, rurality and supporting local communities

  • Strategic Management Capacity

  • Opportunities for those well positioned

  • Self Regulation


HE in FE

  • 14% of Hi delivered in FECs

  • 63% of HE students in FE are on sub-degree programmes (HNC/HND/FDeg);

  • 30% of students are on degree programmes;

  • 7% of students are on post-graduate programmes.

  • FDeg: 48% PT; 52% FT; 65% over 21

  • 28% of FDeg students come from an area of deprivation

  • Directly funded colleges =3.5% (£135M)


Where do we go from here?

  • HEFCE -Higher Education in Further Education Colleges – AoC SW Response

  • Future Funding of FE and HE

  • HEI and FEC partnerships

  • Validation

  • 14-19 specialist diplomas

  • Part time HE 2020 40% adults to level 4

  • Degree awarding powers!


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