An SME manifesto for higher education

Released in time for the 2019 general election, IHE's SME manifesto for higher education set out ways in which the next Government could realise the promise of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 to support SME providers and startups in the higher education sector.

Our proposals were shaped by SME HE providers themselves, who told us what support would have a positive impact on their businesses and on the students who choose to learn with them.

We called on the UK government to unlock the potential of SME HE providers to drive innovation, meet local training needs, and boost adult learning opportunities across a range of industries.

Four years on, these demands are still valid. SMEs are the backbone of the UK economy and essential for the success of so many industries. For SMEs to thrive in higher education and compete on a truly level playing field, we need to look afresh at a complex system of funding, regulation and support designed for larger universities and rebuild it from the ground up.

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