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Green paper proposals ignore past experience, warns consultation response.

The government’s “lack of memory” threatens to scupper plans to improve the quality of teaching, according to Nick Hillman of the Higher Education Policy Institute. In a pamphlet published on 7 January, he argues that the proposals contained in the green paper are “not sufficiently informed by past attempts to improve university teaching nor by past attempts to use metrics more heavily in assessing research and they ignore the proven benefits of routing public funding for English institutions via an arms-length body”.

Overall he welcomed “the fact that the door is open on many of the main areas” in the green paper, offering people a “valuable opportunity” to shape the final proposals using evidence and experience. However he highlighted that legislation is not guaranteed and said that it would be “a tragedy” if government failed to pass a higher education act.

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