Tim Blackman, vice-chancellor of Middlesex University, agreed the key issue was “direction of travel” but he warned that value-added data was difficult to gather.
He also suggested that while data was useful, it could carry risks. He was particularly concerned about the , designed to measure teaching, which could eventually introduce differing fees based on metrics such as the grades and employment outcomes institutions achieve for students. He gave the example of a black woman from a single parent family who does a foundation degree, graduates as a nursing assistant and eventually does a top up degree and secures a nursing job earning £25,000 a year. Her success trajectory is less straightforward than that of a privileged white male who graduates as a doctor and earns £85,000 within five years.