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Resource challenges facing further and higher education

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Further and higher education providers face severe resource challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a decade of spending cuts, further education colleges and sixth forms need to help students who have fallen behind and cater for extra students as employment and apprenticeship opportunities dry up. Higher education institutions are heavily exposed to changes in domestic student participation and potential declines in international student numbers, as well as large pension scheme losses over the medium-term.

Following on from last year’s independent review of post-18 education led by Philip Augar, major policy changes are expected too, with the publication of a white paper on further education expected later in Autumn 2020. 

At this event, we will analyse the financial and resource challenges facing further and higher education providers. This event coincides with the launch of our 2020 annual report on education spending in England, supported by the Nuffield Foundation.

Speakers include:

  • Luke Sibieta, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Jack Britton, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Philip Augar, Chair of the independent post-18 review of education and funding
  • Mary Curnock Cook CBE, Independent commentator, non-exec in education/edtech and former CEO of UCAS

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