Making the Grade 2015

The key issues facing the UK higher education sector

Our colleagues in the UK recently conducted a report which looks at the key issues that are facing the higher education sector at the moment.

It may be fair to say that the education system in the UK faces very similar challenges as we do here in Ireland.

Funding changes have transformed university revenue streams and demanded them to think even more innovatively than in the past. Rising student expectations twinned with the idea of ‘student as customer’ has come to the fore.

On the other hand, income for universities has grown, and the new tuition fee has provided universities with a more secure income stream than the rest of the public sector who have found themselves deep in austerity.

Infrastructure and technology expenditure are still growing, the UK faces stiff global competition, and the same questions over how best to foster a shared vision alongside distinctive individual strategies continues to be asked.

The 'Making the Grade' report has been informed by in-depth discussions with clients and experience from projects implemented over the last four years, since the previous report.

The seven key issues highlighted:

  • Operating in a global market
  • Increasing costs and shifting funding
  • Rising student expectations
  • A demand and need for new technologies
  • Linking estates, strategy and the student
  • Attracting and retaining the best talent
  • Making research sustainable
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