Highlights of the week ending 4 March

It has been a busy couple of weeks since the last Policy Watch with several significant (and long awaited) announcements being made. Ministers finally responded to Sir Philip Augar’s review of higher education finance, with changes proposed to repayment thresholds and terms. Many worry that this could prevent those from disadvantaged backgrounds entering HE. The details of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement were more warmly received as the policy has the potential to support reskilling. The Government also announced it would not be pursuing a post-qualifications admission system at the current time. And this week, the OfS set out its plans for tackling poor quality provision. After waiting for so long, if nothing else the sector has some clarity.