Futures for universities (Institute of Clinical Sciences led workshop: discussion responses)

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Market forces are likely to play an increasingly significant role in Higher Education.

There may be greater differentiation in the way content is delivered and in cost, with tuition fees for a programme varying between institution and depending on the mode of delivery (higher fees for more face-to-face contact).

 Universities will also face a dilemma in trying to meet the different purposes of higher education: individual development, teaching and assessing a given body of knowledge and skills and employers requiring a different type of skills set. Knowledge application is likely to become as important as knowledge acquisition.

Student numbers are likely to continue to increase: this will have implications for all types of resource.

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