Degree-awarding powers plan for new ‘startup’ universities

Jo Johnson said there is unmet demand for what he called faster routes into education. [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

Jo Johnson said there is unmet demand for what he called faster routes into education. [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

Is this a good idea? Will it supplement existing universities – or undermine them?

And what will it mean for UK education standards, which the Conservative Government is allegedly trying to improve?

Startup universities could be given degree-awarding powers from the first day they open their doors to students, under government proposals to fast-track the establishment of new “challenger institutions” offering cheaper and less traditional courses.

The higher education white paper to be published on Monday by the universities minister, Jo Johnson, sets out the Conservatives’ latest attempt to impose competition within the sector by attracting new non-profit and commercial operators with a short-cut to full university status.

The move is also a sign of the government’s frustration at the rigidity of existing universities, which have largely stuck with offering conventional undergraduate degrees and in England charge £9,000 annual fees.

Source: Government may give startup universities degree-awarding powers | Education | The Guardian


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3 thoughts on “Degree-awarding powers plan for new ‘startup’ universities

  1. jeffrey davies

    be just like america go online pay your monies ops a degree or similar la la land

  2. Chris Bergin.

    He even looks like his egregious sibling Bo-Jo. what is wrong with these people that they are so eager to destroy their own seats of power? Cant extort money or rent from a working class for whom there are no jobs, can’t educate their own kids when they make garbage of the education system. \they are on the road to nowhere when the Privatise they NHS cos disease doesnt stop at the garden gate.

  3. mohandeer

    Just another way to cheap funding of Unis without having to rethink their pay as you learn, repay as you earn, strategy. Credit and debt is what this government stands for.

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