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The ABCs for academic success

Simon Thorpe asks whether an initial can dictate your life chances and crunches the numbers across sector leadership to see if the As or Zs come out on top.

Welcome to the Northern Powerhouse of Cards

As the conference season for the main political parties draws to a close, Martin McQuillan reports from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester and finds more than a few more HE wonks striding the halls than in Brighton last week at Labour’s annual gathering.

Party at The Athenaeum?

Who was partying at The Athenaeum with BIS in May? Recently released government credit card records show that someone probably had a good time.

The university portrait

Mike Ratcliffe gives a brief history of the university portrait looking at the ways in which the tradition has changed over time.

Election Night: HE viewing guide

Ahead of the 2015 election night, David Kernohan rounds up a viewing guide for the higher education sector. Will you stay up for Clegg?

A short history of party manifestos for HE

As the political parties begin publishing their 2015 election manifestos, Emily Lupton takes a look at the growing importance of higher education in general election campaigns since 1979.

The changing university logo

We’re looking at the changing university logo – send us the best examples you can find from the ghosts of HE marketing past.

Review of Wonkhe’s 4th year

On the fourth birthday of Wonkhe, Mark Leach takes a look back at the last twelve months – our biggest yet. We look at the most popular content, most loyal readers and everything else in the last year of Wonkhe.

Associate Dean of Eureka Moments

The University of Bristol is recruiting for an Associate Dean of Eureka Moments – a job title to turn heads if there ever was one. Mark Leach has a look.

Front page news

Mark Leach is keeping track of how higher education is treated by the front pages.

Counter-Revolution at the Gates

The Great and The Good of British academic and intellectual life are cheesed off. No, in fact, they are as mad as hell – or at least jolly cross – and they’re not going to take it anymore. Esteemed figures have come together to found a new organisation for people with more letters after their names than were originally contained within them; and Alan Bennett. The Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) has been created to defend the “world-class system” in which universities are “among Britain’s most successful institutions”. Poly Teak-Nicks reports from this week’s launch and inaugural meeting.

The great HEFCE pronunciation debate (updated)

I was idly musing this morning on Twitter about the correct pronunciation of ‘HEFCE’, having heard many people incorrectly pronounce it ‘hef-cee’. This caused a bit of a stir and even prompted THE to ring the HEFCE press office who said that both are permissible. Some use -kee as it is a Council, others use -cee… read more

Imperial College surprises all with £0 tuition fees

Amidst the rush of Universities announcing their fee levels over the last two weeks, Imperial College surprised many by bucking the emerging trend of elite institutions charging £9,000, and announcing instead that their tuition would be free of charge for new entrants in 2012. Imperial Rector Sir Kieth O’Nions said in a passionate address to staff that “future Imperial students deserved one of the finest educational experiences in the world…price cannot be barrier to success”.

A further statement from the College explains that this free tuition scheme for all students will be funded by the massive stockpile of reserves that have been built up over the past 100 years from endowments, commercial interests and private sector income that has sustained the “Imperial Family.”