|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act to make new provision about further and higher education.|
|Introduced by||Kenneth Clarke ( )|
Lord Belstead ( )
|Territorial extent||England and Wales|
|Royal assent||6 March 1992|
|Commencement||6 May 1992 to 1 August 1996 (see list)|
|Records of Parliamentary debate relating to the statute from Hansard|
|Text of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.|
The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 made changes in the funding and administration of further education and higher education within England and Wales, with consequential effects on associated matters in Scotland which had previously been governed by the same legislation as England and Wales. It was introduced during the First Major ministry.
The most visible result was to allow thirty-five polytechnics to become universities (often referred to as the "new universities" or "post-1992 universities"). A goal of the act was to end the distinction – known as the "binary divide" – between colleges and universities.
In addition, the act created bodies to fund higher education in England—HEFCE—and further education—FEFC. Universities in Scotland and Wales which had previously been funded by the UK-wide Universities Funding Council were the subject of other acts that created higher education funding councils in each country. The act also removed colleges of further education from local government control, and created quality assessment arrangements.