The Wonkhe Awards 2017 – The Winners

The first ever Wonkhe Awards celebrate the individuals, teams and activities that make higher education a wonkier and better place. The winners were announced during a glitzy award ceremony at Wonkfest17 – the full list is here.

Wonkery in the media

The way wonkish stories are covered in the media presents issues for those trying to foster a deeper understanding of the way the HE sector works. Arthi Nachiappan suggests a path through Wonkfest for those who want to improve their media skills.

Louis Coiffait joins Team Wonkhe

I’m really pleased to say that from today, Louis Coiffait is joining Team Wonkhe as Associate Editor. Louis has supported Wonkhe from the early days, inviting both me and David Kernohan (then at Jisc) to contribute to the 2012 edition of the Pearson Blue Skies project on the future of HE, and more recently involving… read more

Top five reasons you need to be at Wonkfest

If you know me – or have had a conversation with me in the last twelve months – you’ll know that I have been living and breathing Wonkfest17. From a twinkle in Mark’s eye to the biggest event of the HE calendar, Wonkfest has been a labour of love (and some tears) to create. As… read more

Introducing HE futures

Thinking about the future can seem tricky, especially with uncertainty on so many fronts. Higher education, just like any other sector, needs to find ways of exploring what the future might be, and might mean, for individuals, institutions or businesses. Futures work isn’t about being certain about what’s going to happen in any given sphere,… read more

Wonkhe and Hotcourses Group announce a new partnership

I am delighted to today announce a new partnership between Wonkhe and Hotcourses Group. Hotcourses Group deliver a range of online services – including WhatUni and the Complete University Guide – which support millions of potential students from around the world to find the right course and institution for them. The data that these services… read more

New essay collection: The many faces of the university

Universities have many roles, and they play them simultaneously in a complex and interwoven existence with students, academics, communities and each other. Today we publish an essay collection with Shakespeare Martineau which untangles strands from this web of connections to help understand better how these roles manifest. This has been an enjoyable project, and one… read more

Earnings and outcomes – is a degree worth it?

Our final UPP Foundation/Wonkhe Policy Forum of the year completed the student lifecycle journey with a fascinating panel debate on graduate outcomes and the ‘value’ of a degree, on June 14th at King’s College London Our excellent panel, chaired once again by UPP Foundation’s Richard Brabner, featured: Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education at Cambridge… read more

Team Wonkhe welcomes David Kernohan

I am delighted to announce that from this morning, David Kernohan will be joining Team Wonkhe as Associate Editor. David has supported and written for Wonkhe since our inception, both as a featured author and supporting analysis behind the scenes. Many in the sector will already be aware of him as one of the sector’s… read more

Introducing Wonkfest: our biggest event yet

Today we are hugely excited to launch Wonkfest. More than twelve months in the making, Wonkfest is not just the biggest event we’ve ever produced, but the start of what we hope will become an annual tradition in the higher education sector: a policy jamboree – two solid days of serious policy debate, endlessly interesting… read more

Wonkhe and HSBC launch new collaboration

Wonkhe and HSBC are delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration. Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s founder and Editor in Chief, said: “We are thrilled to be working with HSBC. As the world’s leading international trade and business bank, their global reach and deep relationships with UK universities make the bank an ideal partner.” The collaboration centres… read more

Does UK HE have a retention problem?

In the second of a series of events hosted jointly by Wonkhe and UPP Foundation, an expert panel considered the knotty retention in higher education on 23 March at King’s College London. The panel, chaired by UPP Foundation’s Richard Brabner, was: Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive at Independent HE Ross Renton, Pro-Vice Chancellor Students at the… read more

Learning to wonk

Learning To Wonk, Sheffield, February 2017 We recently delivered a day’s workshop which brought to life the three elements of Wonkhe: policy, people and politics. Learning to Wonk Before You Can Rant has been in development for a number of months and we thought that we had a good idea (in addition to a good… read more

Bringing the HE policy community closer together

The HE policy community needs more opportunities to learn from each other and share ideas. That’s why we’ve started a series of free evening events with the UPP Foundation.

A review of Wonkhe’s sixth year

It’s our sixth birthday, and so as is customary, Wonkhe’s Editor and Director Mark Leach reflect on the year just gone.

Lessons for universities and their lobbying efforts

Following our Inside Track programme, Ant Bagshaw reflects on how and why the sector needs to engage with worlds of policy and politics and the lessons learnt from the Wonkhe professional programme ‘The Inside Track’.

Time to lead the universities and schools agenda

The government has put universities and schools working together back on the agenda – we explain why it’s time for the sector to engage with the idea to shape the policy.