Consultations – opportunities to influence

Opportunities to influence

The EPC responds to a variety of consultations from Government, the funding councils and other stakeholders, representing the views and interests of all the membership.

The EPC will follow one of four pathways to prepare its consultation response:

  • Full consultation
  • Representative consultation
  • Executive consultation
  • No collective response

The EPC Executive will decide which pathway to use depending on the timing and scope of the consultation. You can read EPC Protocol for Consultations here.

Open Consultations

HEFCE is seeking evidence to the KEF metrics technical advisory group on:

  • suitable existing and potential new metrics
  • how to ensure fair and meaningful comparison
  • appropriate forms of presenting the results.

The EPC proposes a full consultation through submission of comments via an online survey which will be open from 13th December 2017 to 16th January 2018. No responses have yet been received from EPC members. Responses will be received by HEFCE until 1700 on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Further details on the consultation and how to submit your views.

The Migration Advisory Committee Science budget and Industrial Strategy inquiry calls for evidence on International students: economic and social impacts. Responses will be received by MAC until 2345 on Friday 26th January 2018. The scope of the enquiry is the economic and social impacts of international students in the UK. As well as considering the overall impact, they seek advice on the following: 

  • the impact of tuition fees and other spending by international students on the national, regional and local economy and on the education sector; 
  • the economic and social impacts beyond education, including on the labour market, housing, transport and other services, in particular, the role they play contributing to local economic growth; 
  • some breakdown of impacts by type and level of course and institution; 
  • the impact the recruitment of international students has on the provision and quality of education provided to domestic students.

This follows an earlier call for evidence in October 2017 to which the EPC contributed through the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The EPC proposes a brief executive response.

The Department for Education is seeking views on the development of new T level programmes, and how they should be designed to deliver the Sainsbury Panel’s recommendations.

The EPC proposes a full consultation through submission of comments via an online survey which will be open from 13th December 2017 to 24th January 2018. Responses will be received by DfE until 8 February 2018. No responses have yet been received from EPC members.

Further details on the consultation and how to submit your views.

The Department for Education is consulting on Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in Higher Education.

The consultation proposes changes to the annual tuition fee cap, together with a range of measures to incentivise innovation and encourage wider provision and take-up of accelerated degrees. The consultation comprises an almost fully developed set of proposals, a number of questions about fee arrangements, and a data collection exercise.

The EPC is currently considering its response. The consultation closes on 11 February 2018.

Recent consultations

Date  Consultation Response Outcomes
Dec 2017 Securing student success: risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education pdf_icon
Oct 2017 Education Select Committee, Value for Money in HE pdf_icon The House of Commons Education Committee released the written evidence it has received for its inquiry into the value for money of universities, including the EPC’s submission.
Apr 2017 BEIS, Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper pdf_icon
Apr 2017 HESA, NewDLHE: The future of graduate outcomes data pdf_icon
Mar 2017 HEFCE – Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework pdf_icon
Nov 2016 Education Committee – The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry pdf_icon EPC President, Professor Stephanie Haywood, gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on the 11th of January 2017

The EPC received a number of mentions in the final report of the Committee.

Sep 2016 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BIS) – Inquiry on industrial strategy pdf_icon
 Aug 2016 House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – Leaving the EU: Further call for evidence pdf_icon
Jul 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Accelerated courses and switching university or degree pdf_icon
Jul 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Teaching Excellence Framework. Technical consultation for year 2 pdf_icon
Mar 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Review of the Research Excellence Framework pdf_icon
Mar 2016 OfQual AS and A Level Electronics consultation on Conditions and Guidance pdf_icon
Jan 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice pdf_icon
Jan 2016 OfQual AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics consultation on Conditions and Guidance pdf_icon


Archived

Read the EPC’s submissions to other recent consultations.