Julia Belgutay

Colleges fear universities taking their slice of HE pie

FE providers also worry over dependency on university partners to validate degrees

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While universities minister Jo Johnson believes that new “challenger institutions” offering cut-price provision could be the future of higher education, FE colleges already operating in the market are more worried about competition from their traditional university rivals.

A survey by the Mixed Economy Group (MEG), a group of colleges offering HE, shows that colleges view increased competition by universities as the biggest threat to college-based HE provision. Ninety per cent of respondents said they were most concerned about the prospect.

Many also remain worried about the uncertainty ...

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