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Good Practice Exchange

In this section you will find examples of approaches and materials developed by existing MEG members in order to address particular difficulties in certain subjects or cross-curricular areas such as IQER, Partnership agreements, etc.

We currently focus on Apprentice Progression to HE. This features the work of three colleges, Grimsby, Stockport and Wigan and Leigh, all of  which were part of a project funded by fdf to look at the ways of improving rates of progression from Apprenticeship to HE.

The colleges have drawn up a range of approaches and resources, which can be accessed here.

In the same theme, fdf has recently transferred its bank of diverse resources to the HEA and a number of other organisations. Details can be found here.

MEG members are also Associate members of UVAC and thus have access to the wide range of publications produced by UVAC staff. These focus on work-based learning and details can be found at

  • 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 »