Consultation Timetable

  • 28/06/11 White Paper published
  • 28/06/11 Early Repayment consultation launches
  • 30/06/11 HEFCE Teaching Funding & Student Number Controls consultation launches
  • 04/08/11 Regulatory Framework consultation launches
  • 2/09/11 HEFCE consultation closes
  • 20/09/11 White Paper consultation closes
  • 20/09/11 Early Repayment consultation closes
  • 27/10/11 Regulatory Framework consultation closes

4 Responses to Consultation Timetable

  1. Margaret Naude says:

    If the consultation process does not close until the last week of September 2011, how will students who have to send in applications by 15 October (medicine, veterinary medicine, Oxbridge) know the rules of the game? This process should be explicit so that students are aware of how places will be allocated for entry in 2012. If the government cannot do this they should not attempt to implement changes so swiftly.

  2. richard scullion says:

    I quote from a research paper on marketised HE published last year

    The assumption that ‘choice is good’ is largely unquestioned in our consumer society. It is indeed at the heart of a system that is assumed to ensure quality, diversity and individual freedom. Our study of current students reveals much that questions these assumptions.

    In this research we have seen that choice in HE serves to narrow rather than broaden students’ learning experiences and therefore identity. The students sought certainty and expended effort to avoid the ambiguity caused by challenging choices or the discomfort of transformational experiences. They sought to confirm and build on their existing sense of self as a member of the industry they have already chosen – they largely used choice as an opportunity to specialise and confirm themselves into a perceived job role rather than to experiment, discover different identities or broaden their capacities whilst at university.

    • Cyprian Latewood says:

      Reading that third paragraph was a discomforting but not particularly transformational experience.

  3. David Gibbons says:

    I believe the idea of charging a premium for repaying a loan early is misguided in the extreme. This country has sadly moved from a save now spend later to a spend now save later. The debt incurred by a large majority of the population is a sad reflection on our society, and to charge young people a premium for not being in debt gives entirely the wrong message.

    I hope that the existing system will stay unchanged.