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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

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  • 16 February 2017

    Rebooting learning for the digital age: What next for technology enhanced higher education? Excellent half-term reading with learning technologies and data-rich approaches to help identify what works in learning and teaching. This publication highlights some of the key areas in which digital technology can support efforts by higher education leaders and policymakers to boost student outcomes and enhance thestudent experience More »

  • 08 February 2017

    The first Institutes of Technology could be set up in time for the next academic year Continuing with last weeks IoT press release The Collab Group (formerly the 157 Group) argues that the most effective way to deliver skills-based pathways was through the development of community based IoT's, centred around re-thinking the GFE college model. A hub-and-spoke model with a large college group at its centre would need “minimal central government supervision and oversight to get it off the ground” The Collab Group’s document states “In our view, IoTs need to be driven by local politicians and local employers, not by Whitehall. Government needs to give the green light and let local areas move ahead in developing their plans." More »

  • 30 January 2017

    What are Institutes of Technology and how could they work? Andy Westwood is Professor of FE and HE at the University of Wolverhampton and a member of Wonkhe’s Advisory Board has provided an informative article on where level 3,4 and 5 Vocational education might be best delivered. He looks at IoT's, Catapult Centres, National Colleges and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres. Food for thought! More »

  • 23 November 2016

    JISC Digifest 14-15 March 2017 Digifest will be celebrating the power of digital, its potential to transform and its capacity to revolutionise learning and teaching. You will see and hear about best practice, share insights, investigate ideas and debate issues. Along with other managers from across FE and HE, and sector experts, you will explore the opportunities and prepare to take on the challenges More »

  • 19 December 2016

    AoC Annual College HE Conference and Exhibition 15 March 2017 An overview of the issues and agendas for the FE sector The funding context, HEFCE Learning Gain, Access agreements and WP statements Skills plan, higher technical skills and role of colleges CMA guidance, collaborative provision, Scholarship in college HE More »

  • 29 January 2017

    Degree apprenticeships: understanding the opportunities 28 February A one-day seminar that will give delegates a full understanding of the policy landscape and a clear idea of how to implement degree apprenticeships in their institution 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 »