Edge Chief Executive addresses Education Select Committee

Edge’s Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, recently gave evidence to the Education Select Committee in the House of Commons for an inquiry it is holding on value for money in higher education

The committee has cited the 2017 Student Academic Experience Survey by the Higher Education Policy Unit and the Higher Education Academy, which found that just 35 per cent of respondents believed their experience of higher education represented ‘good’ or ‘very good’ value for money. The number of students who said their university gave ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ value for money has almost doubled in the last five years. 

Alice told the committee that universities are not necessarily the only institutions capable of delivering the knowledge and skills students need, and that we should look afresh at the breadth of possibilities to deliver higher education.

She added that there is ‘a very traditional set-up of three-year undergraduate degrees’ and that ‘compressed degrees can be more cost effective, both in terms of tuition fees and living costs’.  She highlighted sandwich courses as often being a good option as they are more readily linked to employers.

Read the full transcript here from page 34 onwards.

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