Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching
This second issue of Compass appears as the higher education sector responds to the Browne review and the Government's proposals for meeting the shortfall of £1.3 billion funding through an increase in student fees. PA Consulting Group's UK survey, (2010) reported that the 43 university vice-chancellors who responded, expect funding cuts and competitive pressures not only to lead to substantial reductions in the range and scale of teaching and research, but also to precipitate institutional
... e institutional mergers and even some failures. Although the vice-chancellors surveyed thought that their own institution would not disappear, it being well governed, led and managed, they doubted the competence and commitment of their staff to respond to this new situation. In light of this apparently precarious climate, it is a sign of confidence in our own university community that we can openly discuss the challenges confronting us. Furthermore the confidence of our community of students, teachers and researchers is shown, not only by the capital projects to which we are committed and which the financial reserves the university has accumulated through previous effort allow it to afford, but by the pedagogical changes the university is prepared to undertake.