• Research Briefing

    Higher Education and Research Bill 2016 [Bill No 004 of 2016-17]

    This paper has been written for the House of Commons Second Reading debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016. The Bill brings forward a range of measures to increase competition and choice in the higher education sector, raise standards and strengthen capabilities in UK research and innovation. The Bill implements the legislative proposals in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching, Social Mobility and Student Choice and in Sir Paul Nurse’s report, Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour: A Review of the UK Research Councils by Paul Nurse, November 2015. The Bill will establish a new body the Office for Students, create a single route into the higher education sector, create alternative payments for students and make changes to UK research infrastructure.

  • Research Briefing

    Higher Education White Paper Success as a Knowledge Economy

    In November 2015 the government published a Green Paper Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice which outlined proposals to reshape the HE landscape, raise standards and increase competition in the sector. The White Paper echoes the proposals in the Green Paper and proposes creating: a single route into the HE sector, the Teaching and Excellence Framework, the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation.

  • Debate Pack

    Further education colleges in the North East

    There will be a debate on Further education colleges in the North East in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 2.30pm. Helen Goodman MP will lead the debate. This page provides a Library briefing and press and parliamentary coverage of the issues.

  • Research Briefing

    Support for higher education students with discretionary leave to remain

    This briefing gives and overview of student support arrangements for students with limited and discretionary leave to remain in the UK and discusses recent policy developments since the Supreme Court judgement in the Tigere case in July 2015. The paper flags up the Department for Business and Skills consultation containing proposals to create a new category of student support eligibility which will apply to students with long term residency in the UK.

  • Research Briefing

    Reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance in England

    This briefing gives details of the new Disabled Students' Allowances which were announced on 2 December 2015, the changes will come into effect in 2016/17. The changes aim to improve value for money and rebalance the distribution of responsibility for disabled students between HEIs and the Government. The briefing gives details of the new system, highlights issues and contains comment, it follows on from library briefing paper SN/SP/6013, Changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), 14 October 2014.

  • Research Briefing

    Higher Education Green Paper 2015 Fulfilling Our Potential

    The Higher Education Green Paper published on 6 November 2015 makes proposals to reform the higher education system. The paper proposes introducing the Teaching Excellence Framework to assess teaching quality in higher education institutions and reward those with excellent teaching. It will also introduce a single entry route into higher education to level the playing field between public providers and private providers, strengthen activities around access to higher education and abolish the Higher Education Funding Council for England and replace it with a new body the Office for Students. The consultation on the Green Paper closes on 15 January 2016 and it is anticipated that a higher education bill will follow.

  • Research Briefing

    Freedom of speech and preventing extremism in UK higher education institutions

    UK higher education institutions have a statutory duty to uphold freedom of speech in their institutions as far as is practical within the law. This duty has come under pressure recently from the Government’s Prevent Strategy and provisions in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This note sets out legislation in this area and gives an overview of debate.

  • Research Briefing

    2014 Research Excellence Framework

    Since 1986 block grant funding for university researrch has been selectively distributed to institutions using data obtained in some form of research assessment process. Results of the most recent process - the Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced in December 2014. This note discusses the REF and issues around it.