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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

  • 13 October 2016

    One of the benefits of joining MEG Professor Madeleine Atkins HEFCE Chief Executive has agreed to present HFCE'S perspective on a number of areas including TEF and the HE White Paper at the next MEG meeting on November 25th in London. For further information please contact John Widdowson More »

  • 03 October 2016

    Consultation on Quality Review Visit Closing date 24/10/2016 HEFCE and the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland are implementing a revised operating model for quality assessment. The new approach will be fully operational from 2017-18, with transition arrangements in place for 2016-17 More »

  • 30 September 2016

    Teaching Excellence Framework moves forward Details of how higher education providers will be rated under the second year of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is now published 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 »