Independent HE launches major new survey of independent providers in association with Hobsons

Today (23 February 2017) sees the launch of Independent Higher Education’s ground-breaking independent sector survey, which is being run in collaboration with our research partners Hobsons.

This major new survey of independent higher education providers aims to collect information on their position in the sector today, more detailed data on their courses and students, and insight into their delivery models and institutional missions. In addition, we are keen to understand better the priorities and plans of independent providers, as well as the challenges that they face.

Independent providers form an increasingly important part of the Higher Education sector, especially in light of the reforms which the Government is introducing through the Higher Education and Research Bill. Running this survey now demonstrates our commitment to furthering our understanding of this rich and varied sector.

Findings from the survey will be published in the spring, and will be used to inform IHE’s lobbying and policy positions and to improve the products and services we offer to members and the wider independent higher education sector.

We would therefore greatly appreciate the support of all of our members and all other independent providers of higher education in completing the survey, which can be found at the link below.


Alexander Proudfoot, Chief Executive of Independent Higher Education, said:

“Our members come in many shapes, sizes and specialisms, and the sector as a whole is even more diverse. Its distance from the mainstream has left independent providers sidelined in past developments of higher education policy and practice. IHE is here now to give these providers a voice, which is why today we are so excited to be launching a major new survey with Hobsons to help us understand the full range of courses and students they teach, establish their current top priorities and challenges, and ensure their views are heard in the implementation of the major regulatory changes this year.”

Jeremy Cooper, Managing Director of Hobsons, said:

“We are very pleased to be carrying out this survey of independent higher education providers in association with IHE. This research will provide new insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by this section of the HE sector, further enriching our understanding of a wide range of institutions and the student experience.”

  • On 23rd February 2017