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TEF results – making sense of the London effect

London’s non-specialist universities have struggled in TEF, and could have done even worse were it not for the panel’s discretion. Nona Buckley-Irvine asks why students seem to have a much poorer experience in the capital.

How to read: Michael Barber’s UUK speech

Sir Michael Barber

How do we interpret Sir Michael Barber’s first major speech in his new role as Chair of the Office for Students? David Kernohan has been quietly following Barber’s career, and he has a few thoughts.

Can TEF make waves in Scotland?

Only five Scottish universities chose to enter TEF this year, but there are signs that the exercise will have far greater effects than expected in Caledonia, suggests Alastair Robertson.

TEF results – Who moved up and who fell down?

Thirty six higher education institutions had their final TEF results changed from the ‘initial hypothesis’ suggested by the metrics. David Kernohan has picked apart who moved up and who moved down.

TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

Which universities managed to excel at both the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Research Excellence Framework? David Morris revisits the theme of his first ever Wonkhe blog with a cool visualisation of the available data.

TEF results – the sector spin machine gets whiring

UK universities have become world experts in spinning a good story on a ranking, and TEF is no different. Nona Buckley-Irvine has been digging through the Wonkhe inbox for the sector’s first reaction.

The history of efforts to improve university teaching

TEF is just the latest in a long line of public efforts to improve university teaching, and public anxieties about quality have not changed for many years. We take a look at the litany of initiatives in this space.

Setting standards on student security and wellbeing

Troubling news about universities’ record on student safety and sexual violence has become all-too-common, but we need to start focusing on the good work that institutions are doing to tackle it. Lucy Winrow introduces ProtectED, a new accreditation scheme.

Universities and #GE2017 – Bristol West

As the only seat that could possibly be considered a Labour-Green marginal, the students of Bristol West have two parties chasing their votes with promises of free tuition. Mark Leach takes a look.

Universities and #GE2017 – Cardiff Central

Cardiff Central is a seat being rapidly transformed by its many universities, as is typical of many city centres. David Morris took a look at at the constituency where he was born and raised.

Universities and #GE2017 – Bath

As part of our continuing series on universities and key constituencies in the General Election, Catherine Boyd takes a look at the Conservative-Liberal battleground of Bath, home to two universities.

Universities and #GE2017 – Cambridge

As the election draws near, Team Wonkhe is profiling the most interesting parliamentary constituencies with a big university presence. Nona Buckley-Irvine begins the series with Cambridge, an important Lib-Lab marginal.

Ministers must stop spreading bogus news about bogus colleges

The government regularly claims that it has cracked down on hundreds of ‘bogus colleges’ offering student visas, but is that really the case? Mike Ratcliffe has looked into who really has been coming on and off the Tier 4 register.

Making staff selection work in REF 2021

Institutional ‘significance tests’ for REF staff selection may be the solution the thorny issues presented by the Stern Review. Tom Frostick explains how it could work.