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‘Blame the poor, not Brexit’

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.

Embrace the chaos, time to choose

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.

Most excellent! The Teaching Excellence Alliance

There is more than one path to teaching excellence, and collaboration between universities can drive improvement across the sector. Sam Grogan introduces the new Teaching Excellence Alliance.

TEF will check the most complacent and privileged

Some parts of the sector are already trying to explain away their expected TEF results. Jim Dickinson argues that TEF should instead force some areas of the sector to face up to its shortcomings.

Student resilience – it’s all about empowerment

Accompanying a new Unite Students report on student resilience, Jenny Shaw outlines a new model for considering how students adapt to new environments and can be best supported through their studies.

Not forgotten yet – what next for TEF?

If you’re getting distracted by the election, don’t forget that TEF results are due less than a week after we go to the polls. Andrew McRae has some predictions for the future of the exercise.

The real value of abolishing tuition fees in England

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.

From ivory tower to good neighbour

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.

Time to get tough with the ‘student snowflakes’ rhetoric

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.

Debunking the non-voting student myth

University students turn out in elections much more frequently than is commonly supposed. David Morris reflects on the latest HEPI research into student voting behaviours.

The antidote to university league tables?

Monolithic rankings distort our understanding of diverse forms of university excellence. Johnny Rich argues that a new league table philosophy could make rankings work more for good, rather than ill.

Beyond metrics: An open letter to Sir Michael Barber

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.

How do you solve a problem like REF 2021?

‘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.