In his autum statement (2013: 53-55), the Chancellor of the Exechequer announced the removal of the cap on student numbers from 2015/16 for publicly funded and alternative providers of higher education in England. Further, whilst the cap for alternative providers would remain for 2014/15, as an interim measure the government would raise the cap for HEFCE-funded institutions by 30,000 students, allowing an immediate expansion of student numbers in the next recruitment cycle.
The announcements by the Chancellor means a significant change to the operating environment for higher education in England. Given the 'market' for higher education is interdependent, the impact on individual institutions is difficult to predict; much will depend not just upon what an individual institution decides to do, but on the actions of other insitutions.
The Leadership Foundation has commissioned new research into governance in higher education. Three studies on key issues and policy developments, a literature review of published work on governance and perspectives relating to academic and corporate governance are underway. Further information on the studies is available by clicking here. The findings of the studies are expected to published in spring 2014.
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