Commenting on the HE white paper published today and key components for industry – the Teaching Excellence Framework and the creation of UKRI, Ms Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, the manufactures’ organisation said:
“Government is right to focus on driving quality of teaching if the UK’s position as a global leader in higher education is to retained. Student outcomes and learning gain is of particular importance to employers and therefore the new teaching excellence framework should be heavily weighted towards this. Employers will put their full support to the government’s plans to publish employment outcomes and earnings data of graduates. Manufacturers are crying out for graduate talent to fill their job roles but can’t always attract a sufficient number of applicants to fill these vacancies. Knowing that there are numerous and prosperous career opportunities in manufacturing will hopefully drive more candidates through manufacturers’ doors.
“The creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) should be a positive step in getting more impact from the UK’s science and innovation spend. The successful generation and exploitation of new knowledge is far from straightforward and by bringing together Innovate UK and the Research Councils the UK should secure greater benefits from strategic coordination on socio-economic challenges, ensuring investments in science are paired with appropriate investments in business innovation. By retaining the Innovate UK brand and maintaining independent funding streams, the final proposal has addressed some of businesses potential concerns about the new institution.”