A once respected national newspaper, desperate for clickbait, has resorted to some rather bizarre explanations for UK universities’ recent performance in international league tables. Andrew McRae kindly answered the call to take them to task.
The election result suddenly seems more unpredictable than previously thought, and the polls are all over the place. But both major parties’ manifestos suggest plenty of post-election chaos for universities, says Martin McQuillan.
The current government’s argument that student loans widen participation is misleading, argues Claire Callender, whose new research finds that debt aversion is stopping the poorest from applying to university.
Many university leaders have been uneasy about the Conservatives’ plans to enforce school sponsorship. Anne-Marie Canning argues that instead, universities should embrace the challenge to help raise attainment in schools.
Student loan debt is unlike any other form of financial product. This has made it impossible to have a sensible public debate about tuition fees. David Morris breaks down the paradoxes of our university funding system.
There are lots of good reasons for the higher education sector to support a proposal to abolish tuition fees. Christopher Newfield makes the case for reframing the debate about university funding in the UK and the US.
The image of an ivory tower presents universities set apart from their surrounds yet most are physically, socially, culturally economically and environmentally present within cities, towns and neighbourhoods.
A supposed lack of student resilience is often used to explain away a number of new challenges for universities. Alex Prestage argues we must move away from a deficit model to one that better recognises relative disadvantage.
The new OfS Chair is famous as a disciple of the Third Way in public services. Shân Wareing makes a plea for the future of HE regulation to adhere to the Fourth Way, a less metrics driven and more inclusive approach.
The Prime Minister already looks set to return to Downing Street with an increased majority and a domestic policy programme of her own. Where do universities fit in Mayism, and the ‘May’ general election?
With the debate over international students front and centre of the HE Bill’s endgame in Parliament, Ant Bagshaw argues that the political debate over the issue has too often missed the nuance of the policy.
A new book analysing the political divide between ‘Somewheres’ and ‘Anywheres’ puts universities at the heart of its argument. David Morris looks at higher education’s role in the new politics of identity.
‘Whole staff submission’ to the next REF is reputedly a red line for the universities minister. How is this to be reconciled with a sector that believes it is unworkable and undesirable? Martin McQuillan investigates.
Technical education has hitherto been too complex to meet the needs of learners. Universities, schools and colleges should collaborate more actively to give students greater flexibility and support as they prepare for their careers.