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The ‘make the higher education sector more competitive’ Act

Bill Passed




  • To make it easier for new innovative and specialist higher education institutions to be established

  • To create a new Teaching Excellence Framework to raise teaching standards and link university funding to quality of teaching rather than student numbers

  • To require universities to publish detailed admissions data broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background.


This Bill would help promote choice across the higher education sector and provide students with information on where the teaching is best so they can make well-informed decisions.

It would help identify the universities that need to widen participation and ensure they take further action to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Increasing competition could help drive innovation in the higher education sector, with universities taking greater action to prepare students for the jobs of the future.


Greg Clark MP and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are responsible for this Bill.

Other Arguments

Increasing the number of universities may not necessarily drive competition and improvements in the higher education sector. New institutions could struggle to keep up to the same high standards as existing universities who have more resources and expertise and stronger reputations.

Some university chancellors and vice chancellors, like Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford, have warned that universities shouldn’t be seen to be recruiting students on the basis of their background rather than their academic merits.

How to get involved

Speak to your MP.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

As a Government Bill, it is very likely to go through.

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