The Prime Minister’s former chief wonk has got stuck into the ‘is university worth it?’ debate this morning. It seemed a good reason, combined with A level results day, to present some new ways of looking at graduate salaries data from LEO.
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.
Data governance can be fluffy and difficult to implement, but it’s something universities cannot afford not to have. Marian Hilditch outlines her recent visit to HESA to explain their work in this area.
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.
The National Student Survey is back with new questions for students, and new questions for the sector to answer. David Morris takes a quick look at this year’s results, which you can find in full here.
The USS pension fund deficit is not exactly news, but the latest round of headlines only adds to the stink of intergenerational unfairness that surrounds universities. Ant Bagshaw unpicks the numbers and the politics.
When measuring the economic value of higher education we too often assume that past performance is indicative of future success. But the labour market is about to become much less predictable, argues Adam Wright.
Four of our wisest wonks – Smita Jamdar, Vicky Gunn, Johnny Rich, and Ant Bagshaw – answered the call to outline their AlterniTEF. Is there a better way to do teaching and student experience accountability for universities than TEF?
Whilst it is unlikely to outlive external examining, will TEF last as long as Audit and HE Review? Or will it have as short a half-life as TQA and Subject Review? Paul Greatrix takes us through a history of quality assurance and assessment in universities.
It was twenty years ago, yesterday. Wonkhe’s David Kernohan looks back to the way Lord Dearing’s Report was received, and finds some surprisingly familiar names with some decidedly unfamiliar policy positions.
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.