COVID-19: UK industry focus - Where next for universities?

COVID-19 poses perhaps the greatest challenge the higher education system has seen in recent history. While the virus has upended the UK’s, and individual institutions’, operating models, it also presents a huge opportunity to accelerate change. 

Universities have had to embed agile working, build a dynamic learning environment for staff and students that embraces innovation, and align governance models to encourage new ways of working. Established approaches are having to be fundamentally redefined at pace. 

Some of the challenges faced by the higher education system pre-date coronavirus but the need to address them is increasingly urgent because of this pandemic. 

“Universities will form a critical part of the UK’s post-COVID-19 recovery if they successfully align short term financial sustainability with a clear view of long term identity and purpose in the higher education market.”

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Caitroina McCusker

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