"Regionalism" is a key theme in the report, whereby groups of colleges and universities can work together, in a local region, to make efficiency savings and improve the service to learners. The other key theme is articulation between college and university. The report notes the successes in this area that have already been achieved, such as strong links between many HNC/D programmes and degree courses, but makes clear that more could be done to strengthen these links and make them more successful.
We had an interesting conversation around three questions:
- Do we have the right qualifications to meet the needs of employers, learners and the economy?
- How can we improve progression and articulation between our qualifications and degrees?
- How can we work more closely with employers?