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What is wrong with franchise provision?

  • 22 February 2024
  • By Professor Nick Braisby, Ian Harper and Professor Damien Page
  • HEPI number Debate Paper 36

Franchised provision of higher education has been under the spotlight in recent times. Without shying away from the challenges faced by those delivering successful franchise arrangements, this paper shows how important franchising can be in extending access to higher education.

The authors explain what protections need to be in place to ensure franchise arrangements work out for students. They end with clear recommendations to encourage more collaboration between franchisors, franchisees and regulators, such as the Office for Students.

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