The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is calling for evidence on the barriers faced by:
- students who wish to switch university/course; and/or
- those involved with offering, or those who are studying on, accelerated courses.
BIS has invited contributions from students, universities / higher education institutions, as well as any other interested institutions and individuals.
Read BIS ACCELERATED COURSES AND SWITCHING UNIVERSITY OR DEGREE – CALL FOR EVIDENCE – MAY 2016
BIS introduces the call for evidence by stating that its “aim is to encourage more flexible provision to meet students’ diverse needs […] to determine whether there is student demand for more switching between universities and degree courses […] to know more about demand for accelerated degrees. We are interested in getting a better understanding of the barriers that currently prevent both types of more flexible approach from working effectively”. It later adds, under paragraph 1.6, that “[we] need a higher education system which is flexible enough to adapt to […] changes in students’ circumstances”.
BIS has identified a number of ‘barriers which may deter students from transferring institutions’ (such as a lack of information, the fact that credits are not a universal currency, as well as the general bureaucratic burden). However, it understands there “may be other barriers that deter students from transferring institutions and we want to explore what these might be”.
BIS and the Home Office are separate government departments, with separate responsibilities. It would be particularly helpful for students and UKCISA members to feedback on any barriers created by the current student immigration system, including restrictions on switching course/institution imposed by the current Immigration Rules and Guidance.
The call for evidence runs until 19 July 2016, and details of how to provide evidence are in the above document.