Following what feels like a period of extended radio silence since the higher education Green Paper consultation closed, we now have the government’s response in the form of a higher education White Paper – Success as a Knowledge Economy.
It is a long and fairly dense document, with a lot to digest. The detail will be critical, particularly in relation to how the objectives of the White Paper are reflected in the wording of a Higher Education Bill, but a first reading would suggest that there are no really significant surprises around the core issues.
Many of the core elements in the Green Paper have now been cemented as policy intent. Some ideas have been dropped, such as changing who allocates remaining teaching funding, but that does not dilute the primary policy focus we now see in the White Paper.