16 juin 2019

Augar and the Four Horses

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"At the start of the Augar Review, the panel set out their eight guiding principles. Number four is:

“The cost of post-18 education should be shared between taxpayers, employers and learners.”

I agree, but, it seems, the panel itself didn’t. Reading the Review – which is in many ways a fine and thoughtful document – among its fifty mostly welcome recommendations, I cannot find a single one about how employers should share the cost. More...

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All Hail to the Augar

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"It took its time but finally the Augar Review has landed. And for the Further Education (FE) sector there is much to celebrate. The review is clear. Enough is enough. No more Cinderella sector. If the UK wants to resolve the skills element of its productivity conundrum then the FE sector needs to be rapidly recapitalised, its workforce upskilled, its status upgraded and the regulatory system rebooted in order to deal with, what Augar describes, as the ‘missing middle’ of level 4 and 5 technical qualifications. More...

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Are university boards good enough?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The backdrop was the recent publication of the Augar review and the enormous current political uncertainty. One theme that shone through was the need for universities, as autonomous institutions, to set their own weather as much as they can. More...

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Play Review – Admissions

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"I went recently to see the play Admissions, by Joshua Harmon at the Trafalgar Studio in London. Colleagues in the sector had told me how relevant and thought provoking it was, especially in the current times where access and participation is said to be a high priority. The play was about a liberal Head of Admissions at private school fighting to diversify the student population at her school, however, her values were conflicted when her son was deferred for the university of his choice, whist his mixed-race best friend who ‘ticks more than one box’ was accepted. More...

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Don’t write off foundation years

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"I have never cheered out loud when reading a review of higher education funding before. But I did last week, when I came to a diagram on page 44 of the Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. It shows how five different people might drop in and out of education as an adult, using a proposed lifelong learning loan allowance. More...

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High quality provision is key to filling the ‘missing middle’

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"It would be a great pity if the bulk of the Augar review were to be rejected as a result of criticism of its headline recommendations on student fees, or completely lost in the general hubbub generated by the Conservative leadership race. While the concern expressed in the report about the paucity of learners qualified in higher technical qualifications is not new, the fact that the report has so much to say on this subject is to be welcomed. More...

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Seeking to Improve Wellbeing in Universities May Have a Damaging Effect on Applicants with a Mental Illness

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"I welcome any reminder that mental illness and mental health lie on a different axis from high and low levels of wellbeing. And I recognise the value of working to ensure higher levels of wellbeing across groups of people who aren’t ill, as well as those who are. More...

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Implementing Augar

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Last week’s Augar report divided opinion. At HEPI, we were at the more positive end of the spectrum, not least because the report addressed, in a serious way, pretty much all the points we had said it should.
We were, and remain, determined not to fall down the biggest rabbit hole that has to be avoided when commenting sensibly on public policy: being unceasingly negative and refusing to recognise serious attempts to address genuine problems. More...

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What does Augar mean for more equal social access in the UK?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"What are the implications of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding (the Augar report) for equal access in UK higher education and further education? Will its firm advocacy of further education and changes to levels 2-5 below university degrees, lead to more equal opportunity between students from different backgrounds? What does the report say about widening participation in higher education. More...

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Four ways the Augar review impacts on Widening Participation in higher education

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Today is the launch of the much awaited review into post-18 education and funding  – or the Augar review. It’s a 216 page report with a lot in it. You’ll have read about the proposed cut to student fees already, so I will leave that to other commentators. There is also a big unknown as to how far implementation of the fee cut would squeeze widening participation budgets – but that would rely on how far the treasury would actually follow through on the proposal to fully fund the lost income from lower fees. More...

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