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Dare to decentralise

Michael Shattock argues for devolution in higher and further education policymaking

In 2019, the Association of Colleges listed 294 further education colleges across the UK—248 in England—and 163 UK universities.

These figures should not be regarded as sacrosanct: college numbers are falling as a result of mergers—the English total has dropped to 231 in two years—while the university figures are liable to move upwards as new institutions acquire university status.

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