Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for the Lifelong Learning Entitlement

Morning, Friday, 10th May 2024


This conference focuses on next steps for the implementation of the Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE).


Following the Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Act being granted royal assent in September 2023, it will be an opportunity to bring policymakers, regulators and stakeholders together to assess the timeline for implementation, due to extend until 2027, and what each stage means for the higher education sector.


Discussion will consider:

  • developing effective student engagement, the role of the LLE in widening participation in HE and increasing social mobility, and enabling workers to upskill through LLE whilst in employment
  • the impact of the LLE allowing those in employment to study modular HE courses
  • the eligibility of courses under LLE, as well as the £5m scheme launched by the Government to encourage HEIs to deliver Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) in a more flexible manner
  • key challenges for the sector in supporting modular learning under LLE, implications for quality of provision, and potential changes to course structure and delivery of qualifications
  • collaboration between the Department for Education and the wider sector to ensure effective implementation of LLE and alignment of priorities

Delegates will also examine the relationship between LLE and the current funding models for HEI finances and what this will look like in the future, including the suitability of the allotted £37k per student for studies, and the sustainability of this figure moving forward.


There will also be discussion on proposed reform to the current fee structure to be proportional to the amount of credits offered over the course of study, and the impact of limiting costs.


Further sessions will assess the student experience studying under LLE, looking at next steps for appealing effectively to mature students, and for utilising the LLE to create pathways for students to continue their studies post-16 and to widen participation in higher education.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Andy Forbes, Head of Development, ResPublica; Karl Anderson, Head of Qualifications Policy, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; Kim Ecclestone, Head of Strategy & Reform and Delivery Lead for LLE, UCAS; and Helena Vine, Lead Policy Officer, England, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; IfATE; DBT; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; HMPPS; DFHERIS, ROI; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Kim Eccleston

Head of Strategy & Reform and Delivery Lead for LLE, UCAS

Andy Forbes

Head of Development, ResPublica

Helena Vine

Lead Policy Officer, England, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Karl Anderson

Head of Qualifications Policy, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Keynote Speakers

Helena Vine

Lead Policy Officer, England, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Karl Anderson

Head of Qualifications Policy, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Kim Eccleston

Head of Strategy & Reform and Delivery Lead for LLE, UCAS

Andy Forbes

Head of Development, ResPublica

Speakers

Joy Elliott-Bowman

Director of Policy and Development, Independent Higher Education

Ashley Wheaton

Vice Chancellor, University College of Estate Management

Phillip Stone

Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Oxford Business College

Dr Sue Pember

Policy Director, HOLEX

Professor Jonathan Michie

Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford; and Chair, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning

Claire Barton

Assistant Principal, HE, Nottingham College

Dr Charles Wiffen

Head of Academic Portfolio Development, Bath Spa University