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Is Britain’s university system really a timebomb?

Mike Ratcliffe defuses that UK2020 report, and offers a critique of the way it has been constructed. He argues that we need to address these arguments, despite their low quality, as they are continuing to catch the attention of the media.

The OfS should make university governance a top priority

Many of the criticism’s recently levelled at universities could be fixed with improved governance, but will the new regulator be sufficiently ambitious to ensure reform? Jim Dickinson suggests some ways forward.

There’s a difference between ‘good’ and ‘good value’

Universities will struggle to improve their public image without understanding their critics’ point over whether they offer good value to students and the taxpayer. David Morris tries to illustrate this point with a drawn-out metaphor.

Who does what when a student dies?

In an average university, six or seven students will die each year. Levi Pay takes us through the protocols needed to carry out the delicate and emotional process of supporting families, friends and coursemates through this difficult time.

A real step change for fair access

As the work of the Office for Fair Access begins to transfer to the new Office for Students, Les Ebdon offers his perspective on the way the new body will need to approach this vitally important issue.

Team Wonkhe slack chat: the NSS

In an experimental feature, Team Wonkhe take to slack to discuss the 2017 NSS in detail. The chat covers post-graduate NSS, the potential for bias within surveys and the use of NSS data within institutions.

There are opportunities ahead for a new sector agency

As the boards of the Leadership Foundation, the Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy (HEA) confirm their merger plans, the Chair of the Shadow Board leading the creation of the new agency reflects on the way ahead for the new body.

Are headline writers getting it wrong on fees?

As the nation’s press runs away with stories on tuition fees, Steven Jones argues that much of the subtleties of the system – both its faults and benefits – are being lost in the debate.

Is the tuition fee system now under threat?

There are noises from deep within all major political parties now expressing concern about tuition fees. Are the political winds starting to blow against the current system?