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TEF and tuition fees – myths and reality

The debate over tuition fees is slowly warming up again, but what’s really going on? David Morris has crunched the numbers about the TEF’s potential to allow universities to raise fees.

Credit worthy

Team Wonkhe decided to get a head start on newly-reopened debate about credit accumulation and transfer. We know it’s an old debate, and seen as a fringe interest by proponents of a Schengen-style borderless higher education world.

Let’s get down to fundamentals

Behind these headlines, Wonkhe has been thinking about some of the key nudges in the White Paper which could have a significant impact on the basic building blocks of the university.

University fundraising might be about to get much harder

Successive Ross-CASE reports have highlighted the sector’s success in raising funds from donors but this could be about to change. New regulations are being introduced that will impose new costs for universities and could make it much harder for the sector to raise money.

Stern review: responses collected

Lord Stern’s review of the REF has closed, and we await the final report. In the meantime, we are collecting the sector’s responses. Many have already made them available. If you would like to add yours to the list, please drop us an email.

New quality assessment system digested

HEFCE has today published its new model and framework for quality assessment in the UK. We are unpicking every element systematically but first we ask: what does the revised model for quality assessment look like?

Freedom of (or from) Information Act?

Ten years after its implementation, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) looks to be under attack. Louisa Darian asks why, and what the sector response has been to the Green Paper’s suggestion that universities could be removed from the duty.

Policy to watch in 2016: an alternative view

Looking ahead to key trends in policy in 2016, Louisa Darian takes a view of some alternative issues that have not yet dominated current debates, but could well do in the coming months: consumer protection, governance and the long-awaited link between earnings data and educational outcomes.