News: Higher Education Bill continues its journey through Parliament

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

10 March 2017

The Higher Education Bill has progressed through its latest iterations, as it approaches its enactment into law. The last time the Bill was discussed on this blog, amendments were under discussion. We are now seeing the results of the amendment process, with some highlights of particular interest.

The Higher Education Bill has progressed through its latest iterations, as it approaches its enactment into law. The last time the Bill was discussed on this blog, amendments were under discussion. We are now seeing the results of the amendment process, with some highlights of particular interest.

  • The Haldane Principle has been enshrined in the Bill, ensuring that decisions on research funding are made by people with appropriate expertise through UKRI, rather than politicians. This assuages some of the concerns of universities that politicians would seek to exert more control over the sector.
  • A new model of degree will be created, lasting two years but being equivalent to the more traditional three-year course. This would involve intense study, but potentially be more attractive to mature students, international students, and those already in employment.
  • The concept of Credit Transfer has been created, allowing students greater flexibility in choosing where, when and what to study.
  • To learn more about the HE Bill amendments, please see the Research Professional article on the topic, and the text of Jo Johnson MP's speech on the Bill to Universities UK.

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