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Further and Higher Education (Wales) Bill

This White Paper sets out the Welsh Government’s legislative proposals in relation to further education and higher education reform and seeks your views on these proposals.
Start of consultation: 02/07/2012
End of consultation: 24/09/2012

The proposals for further education are a result of the recent action taken by the Office for National Statistics to reclassify further education colleges as part of central government for the purpose of National Accounts.

The higher education proposals reflect the Programme for Government commitments and the introduction of new higher education funding and student support arrangements.

We are proposing provisions for the following areas:

Further Education (FE)

  • instrument and articles of government
  • dissolution and mergers of corporations
  • greater freedom for colleges to borrow funds
  • intervention by the Welsh Government.

Higher Education (HE)

  • reform of functions for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • powers of direct funding of higher education provision to support partnership and collaborative activity
  • quality assurance and enhancement of higher education provision
  • strengthening the learner voice, access arrangements and dispute resolution procedures in higher education.

It is intended that these proposals will form a FE and HE (Wales) Bill that will be introduced in 2013.