The findings from the influential HEPI/HEA student academic experience have been published and in the context of the White Paper take on particular significance. We run down their findings and consider what they could mean for policy.
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.
Ten experts of different stripes from across the HE sector share their hopes and fears about the coming White Paper and Bill which although now imminent, has so far remind tightly locked away in Whitehall.
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.
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.
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?
The Green Paper contained some vague proposals about making students’ unions more transparent. Louisa Darian asks: where did the proposals come from? And what has been the student and sector response so far?
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.
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.
Plans to include graduate outcomes as a measure of teaching in the TEF seems to have provoked considerable opposition from within the sector, but will it be enough to persuade Jo Johnson to change course?