The last five years has seen major shifts in the funding of higher education and in the wider operating environment. Funding for teaching now comes largely through fee income, there has been deregulation of student number controls, and we have seen an increase in new providers entering the market. This has enhanced competitive forces in the sector and the need for institutions to be adaptive and responsive. The sector agencies have and continue to play a critical role in the sector, providing services to support and enhance a wide spectrum of sector activities, as well as in some cases discharging statutory responsibilities and underpinning co-regulation. They are themselves having to adapt to this challenging new environment.
The working group will develop a strong evidence base to inform its thinking and recommendations, and consult widely with Universities UK members and those with a direct interest in the sector agencies. This will include, but not be limited to, Guild HE, AoC, NUS, the sector agencies themselves, UK funding councils, professional bodies, UK government, and employers. The working group will also take input and advice from outside of the sector as appropriate, particularly where there may be lessons to draw from other sectors or internationally. The group will report regularly to the Universities UK Board, looking to provide a full report, including findings and recommendations, in Autumn 2016.The review is likely to include, but not be limited to, considering the following agencies. This list will be discussed and agreed at the first working meeting*:
The group will be supported by the Universities UK policy group. The Chief Executive of Guild HE will be invited to meetings as an observer.
*As of Wednesday 18 May 2016 UCAS was included in scope
of the review.