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HE Power List 2016: An introduction

Launching the 2016 HE Power List, Editor Mark Leach introduces the top 50, our approach to the judging, as well as some reflections on the turbulent year just passed.

HE Power List 2016: The death of the Osborne Supremacy

George Osborne was top of our 2015 Power List, but is now nowhere to be seen. David Morris considers the rapid demise of the former chancellor’s hegemonic project, and asks whether the new government have learned the lessons of his story.

HE Power List 2016: The Brexit big hitters

The odds and ends of Brexit will define the fate of the UK higher education sector in the coming years. Jonathan Simons examines the key players who hold the power and offers advice on how they can be influenced.

HE Power List 2016: Influence of alternative sector grows

A ‘new wave’ of advocates for the alternative provider sector have come into this year’s Power List. Richard Brabner contextualises the judges considerations of this new source of power and influence in the HE world.

Women wonks: why it’s time to get writing

Women are in a minority of contributors to Wonkhe – Debbie McVitty looks at why that might be what barriers might hinder having the HE debate truly representative of the talent and leadership of women in the sector.

Women in HE: where we are how we might do better

To mark International Women’s Day, Ellen Pugh looks at where women work in higher education, the progress that the sector has made in increasing women’s representation, and what more can be done to break the glass ceiling.

Women in wonkery speak

To mark International Women’s Day, seven women from across different parts of HE life share their experience about the barriers they faced in their careers and the best advice they received to help them get ahead.

Peacock or perish? Prestige and gender in academia

Exploring findings from research with 30 mid-career academic women at universities in London, Camille Kandiko Howson considers why women only progress in higher education to a certain point.

Women and wonkery: marking International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and we’re marking it all week here on Wonkhe. Louisa Darian sets out what’s in store over the coming few days and explains why we’re refreshing our focus on women and wonkery.

Governance of UK universities: what’s going on?

Good governance of universities has never mattered so much, but it never seems to be high on the agenda. Today we announce a new research project aimed at understanding governance in HE and helping the sector improve this vital part of university leadership.

Governance of HE: Gender balance of university boards

The first results of our university governance project – the gender balance on governing bodies – some surprising results and hopefully some lessons for senior leaders in their work to achieve a better balance.

People in higher education: Maddalaine Ansell

Maddalaine Ansell joined the higher education sector as the CEO of University Alliance this January. On an unseasonably hot day in April, Emily Lupton sat down in her Whitehall office to discuss her career.

HE Power List: the election effect

Following the General Election results, it seems a good time to revisit our Power List. What impact has it had on the politicians in our top 50 and what prospects do they have for next year’s list?

The rise and rise of executive pay

Sue Shepherd reflects on what lies behind the increase in the salaries of vice chancellors and other executive team members over recent years and what this tells us about trends in management of universities today.

General Election political panel #2 – manifestos

The second political panel of the 2015 General Election campaign. In this edition, our three political wonks respond to the party manifestos and what they have to say about universities.

General Election political panel: #1

In the first Wonkhe General Election political panel, three higher education wonks with links to the three main UK parties discuss and debate the policies, parties and personalities.

People in higher education: Tricia King

In the first in our series profiling people in higher education, Emily Lupton sits down with Tricia King, Pro Vice-Master and Director of External Relations at Birkbeck, University of London, to discuss her career in university marketing which spans two decades and several universities.

HE Power List: Haldane, Robbins & Dearing

Reinterpreted, Revisited and Rebooted. Celebrated and definitely remembered. Andy Westwood remembers three giants of higher education and explains why they made it on the 2015 HE Power List.

HE Power List: under the influence?

As we launch the HE Power List, Mark Fuller asks who holds influence? There is no concrete, scientific way of quantifying influence over policy – policymaking is an inherently messy affair of compromise and accommodation. But we’ve done our best, and Mark explains why.

Professor Sir David Watson (1949 – 2015)

An obituary of Professor Sir David Watson – a giant figure in higher education who has died aged 65. Written by his friend and colleague Rob Cuthbert.