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'Umbrella' structure is the future for universities, report claims

Melanie Newman
Times Higher Education Supplement
14 October 2009

PA Consulting Group’s report on the future of higher education Escaping the Red Queen Effect: Succeeding in the New Economics of Higher Education is the focus of an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement. 

The article refers to the report’s idea of the university as an umbrella body, and says that this suggestion "challenges the widespread presumption that each university should be self-contained and self-sufficient in everything it does".

This article goes on to refer to the report’s comments on the businesses that could be managed under the "umbrella" and that these include teaching and research centres, online services, further education colleges and employer partnerships.

In the article Tim Wilson, vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire praises the report as “a useful contribution to those engaged in scenario planning."

You can read the article in full here


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