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.
The content covered in these pages applies to England only. Higher education policy for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is covered by their respective parliaments and assemblies.
- David Willetts has received the final report of the Student Charter Group (PDF, 1.2 Mb) , which is being published today. Giving the Dearing lecture at the University of Nottingham, David Willetts thanked the Group's Chairs (Janet Beer and Aaron Porter) and encouraged HE Institutions (HEIs) and Students' Unions to use the good practice toolkit to refresh or develop their charters. A Student Charter acts as a front page for the range of information which universities and HE Colleges provide to students. It sets out what is expected of students, with a summary of what the HEI and Students' union will provide.
- On 10 February the Government made a Written Ministerial Statement, to announce Guidance to the Director of Fair Access for higher education and further details about the National Scholarship Programme. See Ensuring higher education is open to all for more information.
- The Government is taking forward two measures that formed part of the Higher Education reforms announced in November 2010. These measures respond to the Browne Review, and are part of the Department for Education-led Education Bill. The Education Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 January. To find out more visit www.education.gov.uk/educationbill.
- BIS is supporting the work of the Social Work Reform Board, led by the Department of Health and Department for Education, in taking forward recommendations that aim to improve the quality of entrants into social work and to develop a social work system that provides high quality services by social workers who are well supported, and in whom the public feels confident. The "first anniversary" report of progress made by the Board is available on the Social Work Reform Board website.
- Government announces plans for reform of higher education and student finance to maintain England's world class universities.
Preventing violent extremism
Guidance for the HE sector on promoting good campus relations and fostering shared values.
See how BIS is giving students a greater voice at a national policymaking level.