Independent HE publish General Election priorities

As the 2017 General Election approaches on Thursday 8 June 2017, Independent Higher Education (IHE) has set out its priorities for the next Government. These can be viewed in full here.

IHE believes the next Government should prioritise streamlining regulation, funding fairness, ensuring positive outcomes for the sector from Brexit and securing a prosperous future for Global Britain. Specifically, we want the next Government to:

• Complete the establishment of the Office for Students as a modern, intelligent regulator
• Prioritise the streamlining of regulatory gateways and processes across the sector
• Commit to providing every student with the equivalent level of support, whichever route they choose through higher learning
• Confirm the existing rights of European staff and students as soon as possible
• Adopt a phased approach to the implementation of any new visa processes to protect students already committed to education in the UK
• Maintain access to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+
• Celebrate, protect and promote the international reputation and enduring appeal of British education

Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education said:

“This election comes at a time of major change for the higher education sector after the passage of the most significant piece of legislation for 25 years. The British and global economies are evolving, and higher education is changing to keep pace. Independent providers will play an essential part in this sector’s future, driving a more flexible, student-centred approach, strengthening links between education and industry, and extending ladders to underrepresented groups. We look forward to working with the next Government to help all students find their own path and unlock their full potential.”

  • On 2nd June 2017