The ‘binary divide’ between universities and polytechnics proved to be unsustainable, but the challenges it created are still with us today. Mike Ratcliffe evaluates the 1992 Act’s background and legacy.
Is the current system of English language testing sufficient preparation for non-native speakers to study English-medium degrees? Nick Pilcher and Kendall Richards present their most recent research suggesting a new way forward.
Despite growing media attention, there’s little evidence that the sector is being sufficiently proactive in tackling staff-to-student sexual harassment. Richard Peachy of CMP Resolutions suggests some actions that universities might take.
Regulating degree apprenticeships and approving baseline standards is very different to the usual process of awarding degrees. Catherine Boyd asks whether the current processes blur the lines of university autonomy.
Like it or not, the higher education sector will soon have to deal with an active and well-armed regulator. Jonathan Nicholls looks at the challenges this might pose and the lessons that can be learned from other sectors’ experiences.
What if access to higher education was entirely ‘fair’, and more evenly split across social classes? David Morris has made a rough model of a ‘fair’ system to uniquely illustrate some of the challenges for fairer and wider access to university.
We are still awaiting the Home Office’s consultation on reforming the student visa system. Alex Bols implores the Home Office to consider the impact of tighter visa refusal rate regulations on small providers.
Universities have a vital role in fixing the UK’s recent failures in improving business research and development. Richard Jones analyses the wider context behind the recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.
One fifth of the UK’s students are studying in business schools, and EU and international students studying business are worth £3.2 billion to the UK economy. Angus Laing looks at the challenges ahead post-Brexit.
As UKIP publish Opening the British Mind – their most detailed paper on higher education yet – longstanding watcher of UKIP HE policy Tom Bailey returns to scrutinise the latest offering from the eurosceptic party.
How do different characteristics of universities influence choice? The team at London Economics has taken a look at how rankings, employability, and student support influence the perceived net monetary value of a degree, and found some intriguing results.
How many international students will come to the UK in 2020? When will there be another major terrorist attack? Why is the future such a mystery and predicting it so hard? Nick Petford gazes into the statistical crystal ball.
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.