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Public policy

UCU policy and research on government and other public policy agendas.

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-16 qualification review 2021

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

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FE funding and accountability reforms in England

The Department for Education held a consultation on further education funding and accountability reforms in England.

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review

The UK government have been consulting on changes to the initial teaching training system (ITE).

National Skills Fund consultation

The UK government Department for Education held a consultation on the operation of the National Skills Fund in England.

The Augar review

UCU response to the May 2019 Augar review of post-18 education sector and the funding issues it faces.

Taylor review of modern working practices

In July 2017, the Taylor review published a report on modern working practices which recommended that workers should have a right to request more secure contracts from their employers.

Review of post-18 education and funding 2018

In February 2018, the UK prime minister confirmed that the government would undertake a review of post-18 education and funding, with a stated aim of 'creating a joined-up system that works for everyone'.

'Securing student success' consultation

UCU responded to a 2017 Department for Education consultation for the new Office for Students on a new regulatory framework for HE in England.

Apprenticeships

Looking at UCU's policy on apprenticeships.

Briefing on the Teaching Excellence Framework

UCU briefing on the Teaching Excellence Framework following the year 2 results.

The second REF

UCU will be responding to the consultation on the second REF. This briefing requests feedback on some of the main recommendations in the consultation document.

Higher Education and Research Bill

UCU briefings on the 2017 Higher Education and Research Bill

Higher education white paper 2016

Ahead of the Queen's speech on 18 May 2016, the government published a white paper setting out its plans for higher education in the coming years.

Teaching excellence, social mobility & student choice

UCU responds to the BIS consultation on teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice.

2015 spending review and autumn statement

UCU briefing on the 2015 spending review announcements on 25 November 2015.

Higher education green paper

UCU looks at the government's 2015 higher education green paper.

Area reviews of post-16 provision in England

Briefing document on the government's 2015 review of FE provision on England, and how branches should seek to engage with their management on the issue.

Trade union bill

The trade union bill received Royal Assent on 4 May 2016 and is now an Act of Parliament.