Debating the future of Higher Education

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) in the process of reviewing how Higher Education works and what government needs to do to ensure that universities stay competitive, and meet the needs of students and employers over the next 10-15 years.

To that end, they have started an online debate via a blog hosted on the JISC Involve service entitled The Future of Higher Education, as well as outlining the process for this review, the online debate will inform the official consultation process which will take place in the autumn.

The Secretary of State, John Denham, has written to a number of key figures in the Higher Education sphere and asked for their contributions, but if you would like to express your views first, then join in the debate at the blog.

Topics up for discussion on the blog include:

  • What will demographic changes mean for the shape and nature of HE?
  • How are higher education institutions currently responding to student expectations?
  • How should HE respond to the fact that adults, often studying part-time will make up an ever-increasing proportion of the home student population?
  • How can the interaction between academia and public policy makers be improved?
  • How do we anticipate the international market for higher education will change over the next 10-15 years?
  • How attractive are research careers to graduates, and what can be done to enhance this?

… or you can sample some of the Web 2.0 side of Higher Education policy via the DIUS YouTube channel.

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