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Higher and Further Education Funding

Matthew Purvis
House of Lords Library Note
25 February 2010

Mike Boxall, a specialist in higher education at PA Consulting Group, has been quoted in the House of Lords Library Note on higher and further education.  The note references Mike’s comments which were published in the Times Higher Education Supplement article ‘The age of entitlement economics is over—the sector must compete’, January 2010.

Mike’s views on the future shape of higher education are quoted: “We are starting to see successful examples of the possibilities for creative iconoclasm. One example is the establishment of university-based ‘learning hotels’, opening up the community of scholars by inviting academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines to work together on complex problems. Linked with experiments in flexible career paths that encourage academics to combine teaching and research with professional practice, the university becomes a creative meeting place for the interchange of people and ideas”. In concluding the article, he notes that “none of these innovations will singularly define the future shape of the system. Some may not work at all. But they serve to remind us that responding to new situations is often about letting go of outmoded assumptions and practices.”

You can read the note and Mike’s views in full here

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