HE Planners’ Group

Critically evaluate how policy initiatives may affect higher education provision in London.



The group discusses key issues which may affect London’s higher education, such as TEF, the ‘London effect’ and performance indicators. The group provides collective views for policy initiatives and consultations from funding bodies and Government.

Recent speakers have included DfE on the TEF framework and metrics; HEFCE/OfS on well being measures for graduate outcomes, HESA on performance indicators and the Data Futures programme, and representatives working on the development of the LEO datasets. All discussions are held under the ‘Chatham House rule’ to stimulate informal debate.


The TEF subgroup is engaged with DfE on the evolution of current metrics used in TEF.  Meetings have been held since 2017 with representatives from the TEF team to discuss the various consultations and development of the assessment exercise.

A round table discussion was held in January 2018 on commuter students in London with Liz Thomas Associates, and a pilot project was initiated with data analysis and student panels at five participating institutions.  The results are currently being prepared for a synthesis report which will be discussed at a launch event in June 2019.

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