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    The Education Committee has today (8 Dec) published the written evidence for its inquiry into value for money in higher education.

    The written evidence from AoC covers topics such as vice-chancellor and senior management pay, the impact of student debt and value for money, and the support available for disadvantaged students.

    Colleges are transformational – they help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and drive social mobility; they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are rooted in and committed to their communities and drive tolerance and well-being. They are an essential part of England’s education system. Colleges provide academic, technical and professional education for young people, adults and employers.

    Among other things, the 288 colleges provide education and training to:

    • 712,000 young people aged 16 to 18
    • 4 million adults including 150,000 taking HE courses
    • 313,000 apprentices

    Colleges have a triple interest in the topic of value for money in higher education (HE) because they teach A Level and BTEC courses which help students enter university, they offer HE courses themselves (generally higher nationals and foundation degrees) and because they offer alternatives such as apprenticeships.

    The committee’s subject is value for money in HE but there is request specifically for information on five topics.

    AoC’s response to these five topics can be found here:

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