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Co-operative Higher Education and Co-operative University Survey

The Co-operative College in Manchester has responded to the Higher Education and Research Act (2017) by forming a Co-operative University Working Group (CUWG) consisting of co-operative educators, academics and other stakeholders. Prof. Mike Neary and Dr. Joss Winn from the University of Lincoln were invited to be members of the CUWG. The College already delivers higher education with a number of partners but the Act offers an opportunity to explore the creation of a Co-operative University in the UK.

A survey has been created as part of a consultancy report A Feasibility Study to Acquire Degree-Awarding Powers conducted for the Co-operative College. The purpose of this survey is to identify demand for co-operative higher education and for a dedicated Co-operative University in the UK.

The survey takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Participants who choose to leave their e-mail will enter a draw for a free ticket for one person to the Co-operative Education and Research Conference 2018.

Please complete this survey by 6th August 2017

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/co-operativeuniversity

Information Sheet

Survey on the demand for co-operative higher education and a Co-operative University in the UK 

The Co-operative College in Manchester has responded to the recent Higher Education Research Act (2017) by forming a Co-operative University Working Group (CUWG) consisting of co-operative educators, academics and other stakeholders. The College already delivers higher education with a number of partners but the Act offers an opportunity to explore the creation of a Co-operative University in the UK.

The recent Higher Education and Research Act encourages the formation of ‘challenger’ institutions to the existing University system. As when Academisation Policy resulted in the development of co-operative schools, we believe that there is fertile ground for the growth of co-operative alternatives to the private higher education institutions that are likely to develop following the implementation of the Act.

The CUWG will report back to the College’s Board of Governors in autumn 2017. Our Terms of Reference can be found on: http://www.co-op.ac.uk/our-work/researching-co-operatives/co-operative-university-working-group-cuwg/

The broad purpose of the group is to take a twin track approach to exploring

  • a federated co-operative university model;
  • how the Co-operative College will work towards acquiring degree awarding powers as a secondary co-operative.

We will consider issues such as co-operative governance, co-operative pedagogies, co-operative solutions for student funding. A fundamental focus is on innovative high quality higher education to build co-operative futures.

The purpose of this survey is to identify demand for co-operative higher education or a dedicated Co-operative University in the UK. This survey has been created as part of the consultancy report ‘A Feasibility Study to Acquire Degree Awarding Powers’ conducted for the Co-operative College in Manchester by Eduardo Ramos. Eduardo can be reached at eduardo.arroyo.15@ucl.ac.uk

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