Labour launches ‘technical degrees’ policy – Times Higher Education

These new qualifications will be the party’s “priority” when expanding university places if it wins power next year, although it is not yet clear exactly how it will incentivise universities to offer the new courses.

Speaking this morning, Labour leader Ed Miliband explained that the degrees would be jointly designed by universities and businesses and would have equal status to more “academic” degrees.

At a conference organised by educational charity the Sutton Trust, Mr Miliband said he was “proud” of the previous Labour government’s record of expanding higher education but added: “The conventional academic route doesn’t work for everyone.”

“Our priority for the expansion of universities will be on technical degrees,” he said, mentioning design, engineering and information and communications technology as subjects that could feature in the new qualifications.

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