UCU policy and research on qualifications policies.

Lifelong loan entitlement

In February 2022, the UK government ran a consultation on the lifelong loan entitlement, which in England from 2025 will provide individuals with a loan entitlement to the equivalent of four years of post-18 education to use over their lifetime.

Review of post-18 education and funding on higher education 2022

In February 2022, the UK government undertook a review of proposals for higher education reform, including student numbers and eligibility requirements, as well as setting out how the government plans to improve outcomes and rising costs and debt.

Post-qualification admissions

UCU has been campaigning for reform of the current model of student applications since 2015.

Post-16 qualification review 2021

The future of post-16 qualifications: written evidence submitted by UCU

Awarding qualifications in 2021

The Department for Education and Ofqual ran two consultations in January on the proposals for awarding grades for general qualifications and vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) in 2021.

DfE review of post-16 qualifications L3 and below

UCU's response to the Department for Education review of post-16 qualifications L3 and below.

Towards a National Education Service

In 2017 the Labour party proposed a new National Education Service to provide 'cradle-to-grave learning, free at the point of use'. UCU has been examining these proposals and setting out its own principles and priorities for the creation of a new, progressive education system.

Initial Teacher Education: response to consultation on strengthening QTS

In December 2017, the government launched a consultation on Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Development for Teachers.

GCSE English and maths in further education

Sean Vernell from UCU's further education committee looks at the government's plans to make it compulsory for every 16-18-year-old in England to reach at least grade C in GCSE.

Accelerated courses and switching university or degree

UCU's response to the 2016 UK government consultation on accelerated courses and switching.