Some parts of the press paint prospect research as a suspicious business. But – as Madeleine Harwood explains – it’s just a way to get the most value from fundraising campaigns, and to match donors with causes they have an interest in.
Gordon McKenzie, CEO of GuildHE and former civil servant remembers what Budget week is like inside a government department – and details the difficult conversations that the Chancellor will be having this week.
UCAS has been working with the higher education sector to explore minimising the risks to fair admission from unconscious bias. Ben Jordan, a senior policy executive at UCAS, writes about some positive findings during two years of research.
The trend in HE policy has been to give greater weight to genuine student engagement – but the quality code and OfS regulatory framework feel like a retreat from this. Xenia Levantis and Alex Bols have the detail.
Radical Librarians are “censoring student reading”, according to a recent newspaper report. Kevin Sanders set out what librarians actually do in universities, and why enhancing metadata is a long way from censorship.
A small number of students, by accident of birth, experience free tuition. Danny Dorling ponders what young people who pay their fees up front can tell us about the design of the current student finance system.
One Scot, four English, a Welshman, three Australians, two Chileans, a German, a Panamanian and six Americans went to Washington DC and Philadelphia to learn more about the US HE system. Tom Kellie reports back.
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.
In his contribution to the University Alliance collection “Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching,” Sir Michael Barber revisits a favourite regulatory metaphor around landscape gardening.