Government announces new HE framework

Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer responds to the Government's new framework for Higher Education.

The government has today announced a New Framework for Higher Education.

Responding to the Framework, Oxford Brookes Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, said:

“We will be looking at the detail of the new Framework carefully.

“Oxford Brookes has a strong teaching record with more subjects rated excellent than any other modern university and evident in the latest research assessment exercise is the strength of our research. We support the principle of funding excellence in research wherever it is found.

“There is a compelling case for more investment in higher education to deal with historic underinvestment in infrastructure, and to ensure that UK higher education is competitive in a global market, and can contribute to the development of the society and economy of the UK. We also need to ensure that our students are provided with the highest quality of student experience.

“It is too premature to speculate on the outcome of the separate fees review, but whatever the outcome, we are committed to the principle of widening participation in higher education. We have won national recognition for our student support scheme which has helped students in the wider region who have faced barriers to learning to study at Brookes. We will continue our work to raise aspirations and widen access.

“Based in a high-skills economic area with more than 1,400 high-tech firms, we have developed strong links with industry and we will continue to build those links. Many of our courses are designed and shaped together with employers to meet their precise needs. The variety of work placements that Brookes is able to offer enhances the future employment prospects of our students.

“Oxford Brookes is a university with national and international breadth and as such has an important role to play in economic recovery and future growth. We are committed to working with business and industry, sharing our expertise and knowledge, to help bring about this recovery whilst equipping individual students with the skills to succeed.”