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

The Department for Education is seeking views on the proposed design of the subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The TEF aims to recognise and reward excellence in teaching, learning and student outcomes in higher education providers in the UK. The Government seeks comments on the best and most proportionate way to undertake TEF assessments at a disciplinary (subject) level. The consultation closes on 21 May 2018.

Members of the EPC Executive have worked closely with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Council, and other members of E4E to draft a joint and detailed response to this important consultation. The key points of our draft joint response are summarised here. These are accompanied by areas we have identified to which our members may wish to contribute based on your experiences on the ground. We would like the EPC to be able to additionally submit member contexts to demonstrate the impact and/or unintended consequences of the proposals upon which the consultation is based and will shortly be providing a questionnaire to enable you to feed back to us. The full EPC member consultation will be open until 9th May 2018.

The Department of Education is calling for evidence to support a Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. The government is conducting a major review of post-18 education and funding to ensure a joined-up system that works for everyone. The review will consider how Government can ensure that the education system in England for those aged 18 years and over is:

  • accessible to all;
  • supported by a funding system that provides value for money and works for students and taxpayers;
  • incentivises choice and competition across the sector; and
  • encourages the development of the skills that we need as a country.

An independent review panel, led by Philip Augar, is now inviting interested parties to submit evidence to inform its work. In particular, the panel is seeking evidence from interested parties on the following topics:

  • how to support young people in making effective choices between academic, technical and vocational routes after 18;
  • how to promote a more dynamic market in education and training provision;
  • how to ensure the post-18 education system is accessible to all;
  • how best to support education outcomes that deliver the skills the UK needs; and
  • how the post-18 education system can best deliver value for money for graduates and the taxpayer.

The EPC proposes to produce a joint Executive response with E4E. The consultation closes on 2nd May 2018.

Recent consultations

Date  Consultation Response Outcomes
Feb 2018 Department for Education consultation on Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education pdf_icon
Jan 2018 HEFCE Knowledge Exchange Framework Metrics Technical Advisory Group – initial call for evidence on KEF metrics  pdf_icon
Jan 2018 Migration Advisory Committee Science budget and Industrial Strategy inquiry call for evidence on International students: economic and social impacts pdf_icon
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


Read the EPC’s submissions to other recent consultations.