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Higher Education: Further Education

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of higher education representation at regional level of further education colleges who are providing higher education. (236564)

Further education colleges which also provide higher education can offer a distinctive form of excellence for some students who may not otherwise participate in higher education. We are satisfied that there is good co-operation and collaboration at national, regional and local level between providers of further and higher education in order to help learners realise their full potential. However, it is for the institutions within particular regions to decide for themselves on how they should be represented at regional level.