UK universities ‘failing to innovate’
education investor | 19 june 2015
PA Consulting Group’s Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, is quoted in an article in Education Investor. The article reports on PA’s seventh annual survey of UK vice-chancellors. The report found that university leaders in the UK are lagging international peers because of a failure to innovate.
The article reports on the survey finding that a shortage of flexible and cheaper study options; new technologies that challenge traditional teaching methods and competition from new providers, means UK universities are at risk of "losing their world-leading reputation".
Lagging behind: are UK universities falling behind in the global innovation race
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As the article explains, PA’s survey found that “many [leaders] are sceptical that they will lead to major changes to the current university model”.
Mike comments in the article: “The disconcerting impression from our survey is that most vice-chancellors remain relatively relaxed about the innovations being embraced by their international competitors.
“However, assuming that current levels of demand, participation and therefore provision in the higher education system can be sustained puts UK universities in a dangerously complacent position and (for some) risks their very survival.”