The government’s reform of higher education – the gap between rhetoric and reality
Bahram Bekhradnia, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012, 4:00 – 7:30
Location: University of Leeds School of Music Conference Room
Audio Recording of the Seminar
Bahram became the first director of the Higher Education Policy Institute on its creation on 1 November 2002. Before that he had been Director of Policy for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) since its formation in 1992, having briefly worked for the Universities Funding Council (UFC). While at HEFCE he was at the heart of many of the key developments affecting higher education during the decade, serving on a number of national committees, of which he chaired some. Before joining the UFC he had spent his career in the Department of Education and Science (as it then was), where he was latterly Head of the Teacher Supply Division.
His talk addressed key issues in the government’s reform of higher education. The government has introduced far-reaching and radical reforms of the funding and governance of higher education in England, in the name of creating a sustainable higher education system based on ‘students at the heart of the system’, less government intervention and a greater reliance on market mechanisms. In this talk Bahram Bekhradnia shows how far removed the reality is from the government’s stated aspirations and ideology.
The talk coincided with the release of a related HEPI report: The cost of the Government’s reforms of the financing of higher education
Date: 25 Oct 2012
Author: John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia