Britain's higher education is a major contributor to the economic success and social well being of the country. Higher education is a national asset, whose excellence in teaching and research is world recognised. Better educated and more highly skilled people are more likely to be in work, earn more and contribute more productively to our economy and society. Knowledge and skills provide people with their surest way into work and prosperity, helping eradicate the causes of poverty and division.
About 70% of the 2020 workforce is already beyond compulsory education age. We will therefore have to raise skill levels amongst the current workforce in order for Britain to compete successfully.
The future of higher education must be one where:
- higher education institutions work to widen participation beyond young people leaving college or school with good A levels;
- put learners and employers at the heart of their provision; and
- strengthen their leading position in international education through excellent teaching and innovative research.
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Higher Education Debate
In his speech to the Wellcome Collection in February, John Denham announced his intention to develop a framework for higher education over the next 10-15 years. He asked eight individuals or organisations to produce recommendations on key areas.
Student Listening Programme
Applying to University
If you need information on applying to university, life as a student or any other aspect of higher education as a student
LAs/Practitioners student finance gateway
Select here if you are a practitioner, work for a local authority or someone involved with student finance applications
Recognised degrees in Higher Education
Better Regulation in Higher Education
The Government's policy is to ensure any bureaucratic burdens on universities and colleges is the minimum required for effective accountability.
Higher Education at Work - High Skills: High Value
Through this, our high level skills strategy, we consulted on what more we need to do to equip the workforce with the skills required for an innovative and competitive economy.
Gateways to the Professions
The Government's Gateways to the Professions initiative supports measures to improve access to the professions.
Student loans, bursaries and scholarships
Apply on line for student loans and grants and get comprehensive information on tuition fees, bursaries and scholarships via the Directgov website and Student Finance Direct.