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‘A degree for all should be a right, not a privilege’

FE colleges are increasingly providing access to HE on students’ doorsteps – and this is more vital than ever

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Having gone through the recent higher education White Paper with a fine-tooth comb, I was surprised to find very little mention of further education or college-based HE.

As rightly pointed out by shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden, it “consistently talks simply about universities and possible new universities – yet it ignores the role of FE colleges and providers, which currently deliver at least 10 per cent of all HE participation”.

College-based higher education (CBHE) has played a significant role in broadening choices for local communities and providing access to degree-level and ...

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