Private Providers in HE
28 Feb 2013

Headline Speakers

 

The new funding regime for higher education has significantly shifted the landscape for the sector. Many institutions previously in receipt of funding through teaching grant are largely reliant on tuition fee income. Government reforms have sought to actively encourage new providers to enter the higher education arena, and a small number of new providers have joined established private providers operating in the sector.

The Westminster Government’s Higher Education White Paper, ‘Students at the heart of the system’, set out the need for a ‘level playing field’ for providers, and in order to better understand the landscape BIS have commissioned a mapping exercise to better understand the alternative providers in the sector.

Private institutions in higher education are diverse in size, quality and mission. Some providers operate on a not-for-profit basis, with others looking to deliver a profit. Many are looking to work closely with employers to deliver a more vocationally oriented experience, and some have close connections with public institutions. The numbers with their own degree awarding powers are growing, and it seems likely that both the number and scope of private higher education providers will expand over the coming years.

Programme
09:50
Aaron Porter, HE Consultant and Journalist
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:00
Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, GuildHE
Can a level playing field for public and private institutions be reasonably achieved?

10:20
Ben Hughes Director of Service Delivery and Student Experience, Pearson College
Working in partnership with public institutions

10:40
Professor Alistair Alcock, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham
Threats and opportunities from growing private education in the UK

10:50
Paul Kirkham Communication Director, Study UK
11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:15
Break
11:45
Martin Taylor CEO, Professional Qualifications, BPP University College
An employer focussed education

12:05
Gavin Shreeve, Principal, ifs School of Finance
Specialist providers providing specialist higher education

12:25
Felicity Mitchell, Deputy Adjudicator, The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA)
Dealing with student complaints

12:45
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Break
14:00
Tony Millns, Chief Executive, EnglishUK
The role of English language provision in growing private higher education

14:20
Dr Adam Biscoe, Head of Education Oversight, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Engaging in Education Oversight

14:40
Paul Marshall, Chief Executive, Association of Business Schools
Diversity and differentiation – understanding private higher education

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Break
15:30
Key Issue Seminar: Securing recognised accreditation
Dr Gina Hobson, Chief Executive, British Accreditation Council

16:30
End of broadcast