Truly comprehensive education on cards

November 29, 2012

The conversion of a higher education corporation into a company and group structure to accommodate overseas campuses and attract private investment does indeed present interesting options for the sector ("Company policy: where Uclan restructure plans lead, post-1992s may follow", News, 22 November).

However, of even more interest would be the establishment of a group structure involving an overarching company that "owns" a range of UK-based educational institutions: for example, a university, one or more further education colleges and a number of schools. This could achieve all the benefits of merger - single governing body, common strategy and planning, unified services for administration and support (library, sport and so on), even a common academic board (ensuring articulation of curricula and rights of progression) - while maintaining individual branding, staff loyalty and local leadership.

When I contemplated such a move at Coventry University about 10 years ago, the major obstacle was how to ensure that public funding from different sources could flow to the overarching company, and how to incorporate a state school in the group. Now that the political climate has changed and new types of school independent of local authority control are being encouraged, perhaps this model of a local, integrated, comprehensive education system could come about?

Mike Goldstein, Former vice-chancellor, Coventry University, Streetly, West Midlands.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show