Last week it blew a gale and rained a lot in Manchester. But on the upper floors of the Hilton hotel it wasn’t the weather that was getting people excited: it was the collective reaction of some 200 business school leaders to the just published Government Green Paper on the future of the higher education sector and the proposals for a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in particular.
Austerity is front of student minds according to 2015 research
Higher education has been in the headlines almost continuously for the last three years: higher tuition fees, and the increasing level of student debt that has accompanied them, have attracted much speculation about their impact. Concerns too that there would be a significant fall in university applications – notably from those with lower household incomes – have as yet not been realised, but with the perceived ‘value for money’ debate still raging, it is worth keeping a close eye on this.