University Alliance > News & Media > In the News > University Alliance responds to government announcements on PQA and LLE reforms

University Alliance responds to government announcements on PQA and LLE reforms

Responding to the announcements today from the Department for Education around Post-Qualification Admissions and the Lifelong Loan Entitlement proposals, University Alliance CEO Vanessa Wilson said:

“We are pleased to see that our concerns were heeded concerning the proposed Post-Qualification Admissions reform. Moving to this model would have been disruptive and costly, forcing students to make potentially life-changing decisions in a short space of time and with an over-emphasis on exams. Halting plans to follow through on this reform allows space to retain the advantages of the current system whilst reforming certain elements – recommendations for which were covered in our consultation response. Now would not have been time for a radical overhaul, especially when the proposed measures didn’t address the issues that need fixing.  

We also welcome the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) proposal, along with the £60m investment intended for the Student Loan Company to support this. Ensuring that prospective students have the opportunity to earn a degree or further training within a flexible model that suits them, no matter their age or background, is essential for levelling up, social mobility and providing the UK’s workforce with the right skills to power a global economy.

We welcome the long-awaited confirmation that the student finance package for Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) will be put on a par with degrees, and available to part-time students as well. Enabling access to student loans, including maintenance support, for these qualifications is crucial to their success.”

 

Share

Media enquiries

Contact Laura Foster-Devaney, Communication and Press Officer.

Email: press@unialliance.ac.uk
Phone: 07497566849