University Alliance: Higher Education Green Paper response

HE green paper graphicUniversity Alliance today issues its response to the government’s Green Paper, Fulfilling Our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice.

Read our response in full here (PDF)

We agree that excellent teaching within universities should be recognised and rewarded – and made available to everyone with the ability and aspiration to benefit from it. Our response to the Green Paper puts forward practical suggestions for how the government’s ambitious reform agenda can best be delivered.

University Alliance calls on Government to:

Commenting, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:

“The Teaching Excellence Framework has the potential to drive greater recognition and reward for teaching excellence and continuous improvement. To get implementation right, we believe it should be rolled out gradually, with space to make adaptions where required, based on evidence.

“University Alliance’s response reflects our strengths and experience, particularly in delivering innovative and entrepreneurial teaching geared towards industry and the professions.  We are the only group of universities above benchmark for both recruiting and retaining students with widening participation backgrounds, and have stressed the continued importance of Student Opportunity Funding and the need for TEF measures to be properly benchmarked and contextualised.

“While the main focus of this report is teaching excellence, Ministers must ensure the large-scale changes envisaged in the way research and innovation are funded do not have unintended adverse consequences. Quality-related research funding is essential for ensuring a truly dynamic and competitive system and must be retained.  At the same time Innovate UK should be developed as a business-facing innovation organization for the UK – which would be more easily achieved if Innovate UK stays outside Research UK.”


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