Our Response to IPPR's 'The Future of Higher Education in England'

An essential part of our role as representatives of all 15,000 students at Imperial College London is to respond to consultations, research and surveys on a national scale. Recently the IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) was commisioned to look into 'The Future of Higher Education in England'. The research hopes to answer the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of higher education in the 21st century?
  • What mix of higher education institutions do we want to serve a diverse, expanding student population?
  • What role can higher education play in promoting sustainable economic growth and a rebalanced economy across England?
  • To what extent should the overall structure of the sector be determined by market forces or to what extent should government play a strategic role?
  • If investment in world-class research and teaching is to keep pace with the best in the world in an age of austerity, how can we pay for it?
  • If universities are public institutions, how should they be governed?
  • What should be the relationship between higher education and other forms of tertiary education?


We have published our response to this commision, available here.


The Union publishes an annual response to the National Student Survey recommending changes to College aimed at improving your education. All of the Union's responses are available online at imperialcollegeunion.org/responses.

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