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Less regulated: more accountable: initial report

Department for Education and Skills
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Herrg2.indd Less regulated: more accountable Initial Report 2005 Less regulated: more accountable Initial Report 2005 Foreword from the Chair The UK’s universities and colleges have developed rapidly over twenty years, providing opportunities for around half of Britain’s young people. They must not only maintain high academic standards but develop management, audit and governance standards fi t for the 21st century. From 2006, variable tuition fees will mark a move towards a more market-based sector. Rapid expansion (both in students and in resources) has caused an accretion of overlapping requirements for reporting, data production and inspection or audit in higher education. These have created an atmosphere of regulatory intervention, lack of trust and a compliance culture, with the potential to inhibit confi dent and innovative university management. Government and funding bodies have recognised this and have been seeking to work with the HE sector to achieve simplifi cations and costs savings. But much more needs to be done. The challenge now is to develop a lighter touch framework of national standard setting, monitoring and inspection that can be used to assess risk in Higher Education Institutions and to link demands on HEIs to those risks. The Higher Education Regulation Review Group was appointed as part of this process. It is made up of front line practitioners, mainly Registrars and Directors of Finance, with an independent Chair. HERRG has a mandate to review policies for their regulatory impact on HE in England, regardless of departmental origin, to explore existing areas of bureaucratic demand and to recommend ways of doing things better. Over its two year life, the Group aims to make a practical difference to the way the sector operates. I believe our insights can build on the current trends in government thinking and that the experience and skills of our membership gives us a good chance of achieving

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