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January 21, 2011

Competition or partnership: could private providers solve UK higher education's supply and demand problem?

by Paul Marshall

December's tuition-fee legislation is a turning point in UK higher education, but it has diverted attention from the coalition government’s intention to encourage private providers to to generate competition for state-run HE. Should the ‘traditional’ university sector fear the private providers or, as Paul Marshall suggests here, embrace the opportunities they offer?

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Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall is executive director of the 1994 group of universities.