Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice

Closed 15 Jan 2016

Opened 6 Nov 2015


The consultation on higher education entitled Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice sets out a broad range of proposals to reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart.  Its core aims are to raise teaching standards, provide greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education, and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants.

We are seeking views on proposals to:

  • introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework that will deliver better value for money for students, employers and taxpayers
  • increase access and success in higher education participation for those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups
  • create a new single gateway for entry to the sector and create common system for all providers
  • establish a new Office for Students to promote the student interest and ensure value for money and to reduce the regulatory burden on the sector.


The consultation also considers the potential implications of these changes for the research landscape.  


Why your views matter

We welcome your views to inform the further development of our plans and proposals. We encourage everyone with an interest to participate in the consultation.



  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Consumer organisations
  • Trade union or staff association
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Further Education students
  • FE press
  • FE policy organisations
  • Further Education sector representative body
  • Universities
  • Students
  • University staff
  • HE policy organisations
  • HE journalists
  • Learned societies
  • University associations
  • Scientists
  • Higher Education institutions
  • HE representative bodies
  • Universities
  • Research Councils
  • Research Funders
  • Science Policy organisations and thinktanks
  • Learned Societies
  • National Academies
  • University associations
  • Science journalists
  • Researchers
  • HE Journalists and press
  • Innovation community
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Consumers


  • Science funding
  • Science and society
  • Science (STEM) skills
  • Research
  • Student Loans
  • Higher Education
  • University
  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Student loans