The Higher Education and Research Bill has been heralded by Jo Johnson as a game changer for the fortunes of alternative providers, but there are still many barriers to sector entry, as Catherine Boyd has found out.
As HEFCE launches its consultation on implementing the next Research Excellence Framework, James Wilsdon delves into the policy and political detail that the research community will now need to unpack.
Both universities and the BBC have struggled to define themselves as public bodies as marketisation takes hold. Former BBC strategist Martin Vogel asks what higher education may learn from the Beeb’s travails.
You might have missed an odd new arbitrary government judgement of university quality when it comes to Initial Teacher Training. Steph Harris explains the messy affair and its implications for higher education policy making.
The current travails of the National Union of Students contrasts strongly with student protest movements in other countries. Yet there is also a common global wave of student activism transcending national boundaries.
Following new forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, the value of tuition fee rises to universities are forecast to rise, but the predictions can only take us only so far for universities’ complex planning cycle.
Sterling is going down, and inflation is going up. But for some large costs for universities, inflation is far higher than the nationally reported rates. Just another way Brexit is hurting higher education in unexpected places…
Ahead of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, Andy Westwood previews what we might expect and walks the narrow passage that the government desperately needs to navigate to keep the UK economy on track and provide some hope of staving off disaster post-Brexit.
Hopes for a new era of Open Access have somewhat stalled, and the topic continues to spark tense debates amongst scholars. Richard Fisher goes through recent developments, including Brexit, and Jisc’s recent OA deal with Elsevier.
It’s been easy to have missed amidst the email servers, sexual impropriety, and name-calling, but both US presidential candidates have interesting proposals on higher education funding. Catherine Boyd takes a look.
After Theresa May marks one hundred days in office, the new government’s agenda is becoming clearer every day. Alistair Jarvis unpicks the last turbulent few months and asks what the next period might bring for the sector.
Students rely heavily on their parents for emotional, financial and career support throughout their time at university. Jenny Shaw ponders the consequences for those involved in widening participation and retention.
UUK’s report on sexual harassment and violence is honest about UK universities having a problem, and proposes some fairly crunchy solutions, but there is still some way to go to move universities from recommendations to obligations.
The social mobility debate must move on from getting a small number of students into ‘selective’ institutions and think more about opening up higher learning through more flexible funding and credit accumulation. Daisy Hooper makes the case.
The Open University was once a ‘challenger institution’. Liz Marr explains how it will support the next generation of new HE providers through its new validation service, and assuage the established sector’s fears about quality.