Create a national body for the award of degrees and higher degrees by examination/thesis only.
Such degrees should be available in all major academic subjects, should be modular and of equivalent standard to that offered by existing universities.
It should be possible to use modules as part qualification on existing degree courses.
Why does this idea matter?
It is possible to have substantial knowledge of a subject, but not have access to any means to demonstrate that knowledge. That knowledge might have been acquired through self study, work experience or previous incomplete study at an institution. The only route to a degree or higher degree is to complete an entire program of study from scratch through a university. There are cases where this is an unnecessarily time consuming and expensive process.
Such qualifications could also be used by people who prefer training at local colleges or are receiving employer supported training.