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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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  • 02 December 2016

    Successful Catalyst Projects announced innovations in learning and teaching Through Catalyst Call A, HEFCE is supporting 67 projects from a broad range of HEI's and FEC'S. These projects have successfully bid for funding of up to £50,000 each to develop innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate or postgraduate taught provision More »

  • 23 November 2016

    The Higher Education and Research Bill Commons report stage and third reading The Higher Education and Research Bill proposes significant changes to the regulatory and financial framework of UK higher education. There has been a lot of press this week concerning the reprioritisation of this bill and the eventual outcome, Wonkhe and here UCU have provided an update. More »

  • 18 November 2016

    Remaking Tertiary Education: can we make a system that is fair and fit for purpose? Alison Wolf, one of the most important thinkers in UK education policy has published ‘Remaking Tertiary Education: can we make a system that is fair and fit for purpose?’ for the EPI. The report focuses on sub-degree qualifications, pointing out that despite political ambitions, fewer and fewer such qualifications are being undertaken. Wolf argues that these qualifications are cheaper to deliver than degrees and can have equal or better labour market outcomes than the traditional university degree. More »

  • 23 November 2016

    QAA Quality Matters 6 December 2016 student representative bodies, students, policy makers and HE student engagement practitioners from across the UK to look at the changing regulatory landscape, how these changes impact student engagement, and how best to move forward in the new environment. 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 »

  • 28 November 2016

    HEA STEM Conference 1st February 2017: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning HEA’s STEM Conference 2017, ‘Achieving Excellence in STEM Teaching and Learning’, is an opportunity to collaborate and learn from other higher education professionals within STEM disciplines and share best practice 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 »