The Labour Government has recently unveiled a plan for higher education, setting out the important role universities will play in securing the UK’s economic recovery and long term prosperity.
It calls for fairer access, more information about courses and likely future earnings, better teaching quality, and closer links with business.
I believe that students need more information about their courses. Studying is a big commitment, both in money and time, and the choice of course could have a huge effect on the rest of their lives. Students deserve to know exactly what courses will do for their job prospects and potential earnings.
Business and industry can help students’ future prospects by getting more closely involved so that courses are better suited for the world of work.
Students are not just school leavers. The UK has nearly six million workers qualified to A level standard, but with no experience of higher education. To get more people, of all ages, studying we need better courses that are tailored to peoples’ needs.
I want to see more part-time study, vocational foundation degrees, work-based study and more studying at home. That way we can make sure that our higher education courses suit the modern world we live in, help more people improve their skills and get on in life.