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MAJOR HE DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLAND :. An eventful year? Ruth Thompson Director General, Higher Education Department for Innovation. Universities and Skills Sydney, December 2008. An eventful year: students. Acceptances up from England in 2007 by 6% compared to 2006

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An eventful year ruth thompson director general higher education

MAJOR HE DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLAND:

  • An eventful year?

  • Ruth Thompson

  • Director General, Higher Education

  • Department for Innovation. Universities and Skills

  • Sydney, December 2008


An eventful year students
An eventful year: students

  • Acceptances up from England in 2007 by 6% compared to 2006

  • Applications up (English domiciled) so far for 2009 by 5%

  • Young entrants …down 2 % points, or 12,000 (latest figures for 2006)

  • HE qualifications among adults of working age up to 31% (1% point up on last year)

  • Reforms to student support affecting both 2008 and 2009 entrants


An eventful year institutions
An eventful year: institutions

  • Since DIUS formed in June 2007…

  • Seven institutions newly granted taught degree awarding powers – two private sector

  • Four institutions newly granted university title

  • Four newly granted research degree awarding powers

  • Three have been given both taught and research DAPs

  • Three mergers – one as part of new university and …

  • … one new Act …


An eventful year government
An eventful year: government

  • New Department, overseeing all aspects of higher education policy – research, teaching and learning, student support, widening access…

  • New emphasis on role of business and students as principal “users” of HE system

  • Six new Ministers in 18 months

  • A Debate on nature of HE and - in prospect - a Framework for future vision of HE and a Commission on impact of 2006 fee reforms


Policy development
Policy development

  • Student finance – grants

  • National Student Forum

  • New University Challenge

  • The Research Excellence Framework

  • Sale of Student Loans Act 2008

  • Voluntary giving

  • The “Group of Eleven”

  • Facing the recession


The debate
The debate

  • Contributors

  • Users

  • The highlights

    • - part time - research careers

    • - student experience - internationalism

    • - demographics - e-developments

    • - TTOs, PG education - performance

    • - HE and policy makers

    • …see www.dius.gov.uk


Emerging themes
Emerging themes

  • a world class system for students (including teaching, part-time, credits, implications for funding)

  • a world class system for business and research (including IP, business engagement, research capacity, research careers, government and academe)

  • HE and the world (international issues, performance measurement, HE in the community)

  • the HE landscape (universities in the education system, specialisation, diversity, partnerships)


Next steps
Next steps

  • Absorb web and other consultation

  • Engage stakeholders – widely defined, to include users etc

  • Produce framework vision for HE for next 10-15 years

  • …and move on to consider how best to fund it