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Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

A Message From Our Chair

Our formal title is usually abbreviated to MEG and we are referred to as the MEG colleges by Government departments, funding bodies and other membership groups. We are a group of 41 colleges which offer Higher Education in an FE setting and we can trace our origins back to a core group of members who began to discuss HE in FE matters back in the mid-1990s. Higher Education offered in Colleges of Further Education is achieving increased recognition as a growing and responsive part of the wider higher education landscape. Colleges offer value for money HE courses which are available locally and respond to the needs of employers.

They attract students who might otherwise be unable to study for higher level qualifications to progress not only in their studies but also in their careers.

MEG provides a focus for teachers and managers in HE in FE to share ideas, develop policy and work together to ensure that Colleges offer the highest quality courses for their students.

The MEG website contains key documents describing our work, the projects we undertake and the aspirations we have for the future for HE in FE.

John Widdowson

Chair, Mixed Economy Group

Contact us

  • 17 October 2017

    Alternative providers: debunking the myths This HEFCE Blog is about alternative providers (AP) and makes for interesting reading. Are there opportunities for collaboration? An AP is defined as any provider of higher education courses in the UK which: does not directly receive annual funding from HEFCE or its equivalent bodies in the devolved administrations does not receive direct annual public funding is not a FE college. The AP sector is an incredibly diverse part of HE. Some APs have several thousand students, and some of them have around 20. Some APs provide dozens of different courses, whereas others focus on a single area. Some focus mainly on specialist vocational qualifications, whereas some offer traditional graduate and post-graduate degrees. Much of what APs do challenges the traditional models of HE delivery. More »

  • 11 October 2017

    Universities and colleges across England to work on 27 new degree apprenticeship development project It is good to see a large number of MEG colleges working in partnership with employers and University partners, the projects will seek to develop 4,500 new apprenticeship opportunities to start from September 2018 onwards. They will create new opportunities for apprentices to develop careers ranging from social work and nursing to construction and engineering More »

  • 27 September 2017

    Breaking the barriers to engagement: Understanding HE perceptions through young researchers For the Castleford community, the findings indicate that barriers to higher education are not caused by lack of aspiration to pursue this path, but by not having the adequate information to do so. This was particularly true for degree apprenticeships More »

  • 09 September 2017

    Access to HE and student success summit 2017 Managing change and unlocking the future 14 November Key themes to be examined include: Understanding the changing sector landscape and the implications Successful models of collaboration Research findings and how best to use these Using toolkits and resources effectively Peer to peer networking and knowledge exchange More »

  • 20 September 2017

    GuildHE Annual Conference & AGM 21-22 November GuildHE is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. The conference will explore the outlook for UK Higher Education, building towards a vision for the sector at the next General Election in 2022 More »

  • 11 October 2017

    AELP Autumn Conference 2017 1st November The AELP Conference is sponsored by City & Guilds, and takes place six months after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy so it’s a really good time to take stock of the programme reforms and debate what improvements still need to be made. The debate will take place after we have learnt the official apprenticeship start numbers since May and whether they have been as bad as rumoured. We will probe the reasons for the decrease; for example, have levy paying employers been holding back on their starts? More »

  • 16 December 2013

    Wecome to MEG Thinkpiece 15 minutes to spare, cup of coffee close by? Then time to read, reflect and add to the Thinkpiece debate! Write to us with your views and your Thinkpiece may join others on our website. As a start, we publish three articles written by leading figures in college-based HE. John Widdowson, the Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of colleges, explores how we might fill the Polytechnic hole. Marina Parha, Vice Principal of The Manchester college, seeks a true calling for vocational HE and Sarah Shobrook, the Director of HE at Truro and Penwith suggests that the term Vocational HE has had its day! More »