The Higher Education Green Paper was published on 6th November 2015. Titled “Fulfilling our potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice”, the paper outlines its purpose as:
“This consultation contains proposals to reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart. Its core aims are to raise teaching standards, provide greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education, and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants”
Since the paper was published, no surprises, there has been a lot said, written, tweeted and shared. In case you missed any of the buzz, here is a quick roundup of some useful articles from around the web:
The Times Higher Education has put together an aptly titled “The Higher Education Green Paper: everything you need to know”. This page provides a useful summary and links to a range of news and analysis of the paper.
Here are some useful at-a-glance and overviews of the #HEGreenPaper from various sources
- The Time Higher Education summarises some key take-away points in this article titled ‘Higher Education Green Paper at a glance’.
- You can read the Higher Education Policy Institute’s blog post on ‘10 points about the higher education green paper’
- University UK have published ‘A summary of the Higher Education Green Paper’.
- SCONUL have compiled key points from the paper in their news section.
Reactions to the paper are still coming in from various organisations and experts. In the meantime, here are a few that have already posted:
- HEFCE’s response from their news section.
- Guild HE recorded their response via their news feed.
- You can read the official response from NUS on their website.
- Times Higher Education have captured some initial responses to Jo Johnson’s speech at the end of this article.
- Read more expert reactions compiled by the Guardian.
The Teaching Excellence Framework
In his article in Wonkhe, Martin McQuillan, Pro vice chancellor of Research at Kingston University describes the Teaching Excellence Framework as “The most developed aspect of the Green Paper”, and goes on to say that “it is the one that will concern the most”.
Here are some useful articles that focus on #TEF:
- Joanna Williams, Director of the Centre for study of Higher Education at University of Kent, outlines her views of the “Higher Education Green Paper: what it means for teaching?”
- “Remember, Remember the TEF of November” by Martin McQuillan, Pro vice-chancellor of Research at Kingston University, on Wonkhe.
- Richard Black, pro-director (research and enterprise) at Soas, University of London discusses ‘Higher Education Green Paper: have universities really neglected teaching?’
- Andrew Gunn, Researcher in Higher Education Policy at University of Leeds explains ‘How the Teaching Excellence Framework will work’
- Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor at the University of Reading, argues ‘ Refocusing universities on teaching won’t be easy’
- Philip Bowden, Deputy vice-chancellor at University of Derby, offers his thoughts on ‘How to approach the Teaching Excellence Framework with confidence’
Other analysis and opinions
Some other analysis and opinions from around the web:
- ‘Explainer: new-look regulation on cards for higher education’, by Roger King, Visiting Professor, School of Management, University of Bath.
- ‘Green Paper: the closer you look, the less you see’ by Mark Leach, founder, Director and Editor in Chief of Wonkhe.
- ‘Green Paper calls in the architects’ by Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive of GuildHE and former civil servant at BIS.
- ‘10 things you may have missed about the Green Paper’ by Andrew McGettigan, journalist, researcher and commentator on higher Education.
You can join the conversation at twitter with #HEGreenPaper or #TEF. Here are a few tweets that we have curated:
We will continue to monitor and observe the updates and reactions to the Higher Education Green Paper.
Have you seen some interesting analysis or opinion piece on the Green Paper, that we have missed? Please share in the comments below.