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Have Your Say: HE Green Paper

The Government’s green paper on higher education ‘Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’ was published on 6 November 2015.

Key points

The green paper details proposals intended to:

  • Raise teaching standards (via the Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • Widen participation for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Make it easier to establish a new university through faster access to degree awarding powers and university title.
  • Ensure better value for money and employment prospects for students (via a new Office for Students).
  • Provide greater focus on graduate employability.
  • Reduce the regulatory burden on the sector.

What do you think of the proposals?

We’re drafting a Warwick response to the Government’s consultation on the recent green paper on the future of Higher Education. We have asked what you thought about the proposals and are now reflecting on your submissions. We won’t be able to incorporate individual replies as there’s likely to be a range of opinions, but we’ll use your feedback to develop themes and inform the University’s final response.

If you missed the deadline, then the SU are also preparing their own response to certain questions, as well as contributing to the University’s response. If you would like to engage with their response, you can email the President Isaac Leigh at, contact the members of the Education or Postgrad Execs, or attend the student council on Monday 7th December at 16:00 in the SUHQ.

You can also still respond directly as an individual by completing the government consultation online on Gov.UK by 15 January 2016.

How else will we be informing the University response?

We’re also seeking the views of those on Academic Quality and Standards Committee, Research Committee, Steering Committee, Senate and Council, as well as the Students’ Union. Heads of Department will be given the opportunity to share their views at the Heads of Department forum in December.

Our draft response will then be put together and go to the Steering Committee to be signed off. We’ll share a copy of our final response in January 2016.