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, on behalf of the Office for Students, invites views on the proposed new regulatory framework which will be the system to regulate higher education: Securing student success: risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education.

The EPC is currently considering its response. Responses will be received until 22 December 2017.

The Department for Education invites views on the suitability of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to fulfil the role of the Designated Data Body.

 

As expected, HESA were the only body to make an expression of interest. This consultation is part of a suite of consultations currently taking place on the implementation of Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA).

No collective EPC response is planned. Responses will be received until 22 December 2017.

The Department for Education invites views on the suitability of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to fulfil the role of the Designated Quality Body.

The QAA were the only body to make an expression of interest. This consultation is part of a suite of consultations currently taking place on the implementation of Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA).

No collective EPC response is planned. Responses will be received until 22 December 2017.

The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment consultation on the UK Quality Code seeks to ensure that the Code remains the cornerstone for quality in UK higher education, that it protects the public and student interest, and that it maintains the UK’s world-leading reputation for quality in higher education.

This stage is really just asking about approach, it is not a detailed review of the Code.

No collective EPC response is planned. Responses will be received until 13 December 2017.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launches its Clean Growth Strategy which calls on the expertise of UK engineers to create the conditions for a new, low carbon, industry to flourish.

In our response to the Industrial Strategy consultation, the EPC called for the Industrial Challenge Strategy Fund to focus on more efficient use of energy, alongside increasing national capacity in clean energy with a view to self-sufficiency. This Strategy puts “clean growth, while ensuring an affordable energy supply for businesses and consumers, … at the heart of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.”

No collective EPC response is planned. Views and comments the approach will be received by CleanGrowthStrategy@beis.gov.uk until 31 December 2017.

Recent consultations

Date  Consultation Response Outcomes
Oct 2017 Education Select Committee, Value for Money in HE pdf_icon
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.