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Employers planning degrees 'must pay'

Published: Monday, 03 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Employers who wish to play a role in the tailoring of degrees to suit the needs of their business should be prepared to pay, an expert has said.

The Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) is looking at how business-focused degrees which are co-designed by employers could be funded, according to a leaked government paper.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, has noted that employers are keen to exercise control over education, but less keen when it comes to paying for the privilege.

"Experience tells us that while business is keen to have its say about the university curriculum and skills, it has little interest in footing any of the bills, and voluntary funding from employers just does not happen," she said.

She added that it is important that people who have spent their lives working in education should be trusted with such issues, as opposed to businesses with a more short-term interest.

The DIUS is British government department responsible for adult learning, further and higher education, skills, science and innovation.


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