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Creating a level playing field not as easy as it looks

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.

Inflation, TEF and tuition fees continue a complex dance

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.

Exchange rate starting to bite for university costs

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…

A time for governing in prose (and spreadsheets)

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.

Revolution stalled? Open Access, Scholarship and the State

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.

Rigging the game: imagining a two-tier visa system

With the government likely to propose creating different tiers for universities in international recruitment, David Morris looks at the different ways that this could be implemented, equitable or not.

What next for universities after one hundred days of May?

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.

Family capital, retention and student wellbeing

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.

No one left behind: slowing down and speeding up HE

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.

Well informed? Research, teaching and TEF

Research-informed teaching is just one piece of a difficult jigsaw for the those designing future iterations of the TEF. Ant Bagshaw looks at some of the most recent commentary on the topic.