The last time such comprehensive reforms were introduced was trough the Further
and Higher Education Act 1992. Accompanying the Bill is the White Paper, ‘Higher education: success as a knowledge economy’.
Universities UK supports the government's aim to protect the interests of students and to ensure universities demonstrate the value of the education which they provide. We welcome
the opportunity that the White Paper and Bill provide to take stock of the landscape and
consider the changes needed to support the sector’s continued success.
However, the government should seek to build on the regulatory approach currently taken where this underpins the strengths and successes of our world-class university sector. We
already have a diverse and competitive sector, fostered by a relatively high degree of
institutional autonomy which allows universities to act flexibly. Our universities are not
standing still as they respond to long-term challenges and to students’ needs. The autonomy of our universities contributes significantly to their global success.