First HEA research and policy seminar: Professor Roger Brown

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Published on Monday, 19 November 2012 12:10
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

In the first of its new research seminar series, the Higher Education Academy last week welcomed Professor Roger Brown to discuss the "impact of the shifting UK HE landscape on learning and teaching."

Professor Brown opened his presentation by commenting that while there had been plenty of discussion about the impact of the Government's higher education reforms on factors like funding and widening participation, there had so far been little discussion of the impact on student learning and student education. He therefore welcomed the opportunity to start the debate.

His overall argument, he continued, was that the reforms are the latest in a series of market-based changes going back at least to 1980; that these policies have been broadly negative for the quality of student learning; and that because the current changes are not just the latest but also potentially the most significant of these market-based policies, they are likely to throw up many far-reaching issues. In summarising recent reforms he identified "the replacement of most of the HEFCE grant by fee loans to students" as the most significant.

You can see a video of Professor Brown's speech here

Source: ©HE Academy


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