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Statement of Purpose

The Mixed Economy Group (MEG) of colleges represents those Further Education Colleges which have a significant, established, strategic and developmental role in the provision of Higher Education.

Member colleges focus on the complementary aims of widening participation amongst groups and individuals currently under-represented in Higher Education and working with employers to ensure that higher level skills are developed and recognised in the workplace.

Statement of Aims

MEG is committed to:

  • Promoting the value of vocational Higher Education in raising the aspirations of individuals and meeting the skills needs of the economy

  • Influencing the development of national policy with regards to HE delivered in FE

  • Using Foundation Degree Awarding Powers (FDAP) as a vehicle to continue to raise the high standard of HE delivered in FE, through focused scholarly activity and organisational change

  • Supporting member colleges in the strategic development and delivery of HE in FE

  • Working in partnership with other organisations to develop and deliver high quality, innovative approaches to Higher Education

  • Sharing data and good practice

  • Seeking and implementing new markets with employers for the development of higher-level skills within the locality

  • Promoting higher-level employability skills

  • Widening participation amongst groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education

In seeking to achieve the above, MEG colleges have a focus on the delivery of higher level vocational skills. This is seen in the heavy commitment to qualifications which link the colleges with their local employers. The ability to gain FD Awarding Powers consolidates this focus, enabling greater control of the means to meet employer need.

  • 17 November 2017

    It is time to tackle the part-time crisis HEPI leads the debate about the collapse in part-time higher education – and what to do about it – by the Vice-Chancellor of the UK’s largest university. Fixing the broken market in part-time study: Open University says part-time students ‘learning while earning’ needs direct funding A new report, Fixing the Broken Market in Part-Time Study, by The Open University, published on the website of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), says the collapse in part-time higher education is a symptom of a broken market. More »

  • 10 November 2017

    Everything you need to know about T-Levels The Department for Education has confirmed its intention to conduct a review into higher level technical education. The review will look across Level 4 & 5 education, focusing on how technical qualifications at this level can better address the needs of learners and employers. The T-Level Action Plan sets out how the new qualifications will be developed and delivered. There are 15 routes, each of which is intended to ‘bring together related occupations in a particular sector’. Guidance on the 'work placement capacity and delivery fund' to support T-Levels More »

  • 04 November 2017

    Degree apprenticeships HEFCE update In the link below universities and colleges can find out more about support for degree apprenticeships and what changes to policy might mean for them The Government aims to support 3 million new apprenticeship starts by the end of this parliament. 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 »