As HEFCE release its consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework, David Sweeney runs down the key proposals and the most interesting aspects that will require input from the research community.
The use of split metrics in the TEF could incentivise universities to do more to support disabled students’ attainment and employment prospects, and perhaps make up some of the way for recent cuts to DSA, argues Robert McLaren.
Whether bursaries actually work at widening access has long been a controversial topic. Les Ebdon writes how OFFA has introduced a new tool to help universities evaluate bursaries’ impact, which will be required for future access agreements.
Chris Husbands’ phone has been ringing off the hook with questions and concerns about the TEF. As Chair of the new exercise, he tries to put to bed some of the more common misunderstandings about the TEF.
A new GuildHE report shows that social action and active citizenship are an important aspect of higher education. Joy Carter argues that universities must actively demonstrate their social value and the power of community action by staff and students.
Following last week’s annual report from the Social Mobility Commission, Nottingham Trent VC Edward Peck puts the case for ranking universities’ performance in social mobility and for making access targets a part of the TEF.
Research, innovation and skills will all be a critical part of the government’s upcoming industrial strategy. Maddalaine Ansell worked on industrial strategy during her time in government and argues that universities must sell themselves as essential national assets for a new industrial plan.
There has been a remarkable contrast between Scottish universities’ approaches to the independence and Brexit referendums. Lucy Hunter Blackburn asks whether continued constitutional strain will cost the sector its autonomy.
The Commons Education Select Committee is conducting its first higher education inquiry on Brexit. Committee chair Neil Carmichael MP explains why it is vital for the sector to support the inquiry in order to hold the government to account.
As the Higher Education and Research Bill reaches the end of its journey in the House of Commons, Universities Minister Jo Johnson explains why the government has amended the Bill and looks at what’s next.
Liberal academia was in meltdown following the election of Donald Trump, but Martin McQuillan argues that universities need to look beyond despair and ensure that our values outlast Trump’s unwelcome presidency.
Sally Holt, wonk-aspirant and former aspirations coordinator at a Hartlepool school, argues that the continued practice of unpaid internships is undoing all the good work by the education sector to make life chances more fair.