The news last week that the proportion of students taking arts subjects has fallen to its lowest level in a decade cause alarm. As the arts curriculum narrows, so does student choice, yet skills gaps will continue to widen. Not all students can succeed academically, and not all will wish to follow the “traditional” path onto A-Levels and into University. And nor should they.
The Higher Education and Research Act, brought in to realise the government’s ambitions of a diverse and competitive higher education sector, will impact on choices for students. Will these changes give students the education they need to ensure the UK - in the words of Jo Johnson - succeeds as a knowledge economy?
The creative industries contributed £87.4bn of value for the country during 2015, growing significantly faster than other sectors of the economy, and at an undiminished rate. British universities contribute £73bn annually to the British economy as a whole and creative Higher Education Institutions are a key driver of regional innovative creative clusters future proofing creative skills -- not only by developing the next generations of creatives but also through collaborative research and innovation, by catalysing regional clusters, providing accelerators, networks and knowledge-bases for regional creative industries.
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