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IPPR responds to Government’s Higher Education White Paper

IPPR has responded to the Government’s Higher Education White Paper.


Jonathan Clifton, associate director for public services at IPPR, said, “The government is right to allow new providers into the higher education system, but it must manage the process carefully. The experience of the USA shows that allowing profit-making companies to establish universities and recruit unlimited numbers of students can end in tears. 

“This policy will only be successful if it enables genuinely innovative types of higher education institution to be established – rather than helping private companies to make a quick buck. 

“There is a particular need for new providers to deliver technical education and professional training in vital areas of the public sector such as teaching and social care – an area that has been ignored by some traditional universities in the past. This could even provide the means to bring back ‘polytechnics’ to the British education system.”

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