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What’s happening to quality?

With the regulatory framework consultation and the Quality Code consultation out, top quality wonk Catherine Boyd, has plenty of thoughts on the future of quality in the English HE sector, and beyond.

A game of risk

Regulation is all about managing risk – how well do the proposals in the regulatory consultation do that? David Kernohan sees an uncomfortable financial parallel…

The cost of regulation

Institutions will subscribe to the new Office for Students, but at what level, and how will these levels be determined? And what are the other potential costs in the new system? Catherine Boyd takes a look

Spaces that inspire

In an article adapted from the University Alliance “Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching”, Mike Clark and Stan Stanier from the University of Brighton survey the latest trends in estates development.

Innovation in teaching: tidy is good; so is untidy

In his contribution to the University Alliance collection “Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching,” Sir Michael Barber revisits a favourite regulatory metaphor around landscape gardening.

Graduate wellbeing and the transition to work

On World Mental Health Day (10th October 2017) Student Minds published a report on the well-being of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.

Understanding degree algorithms

A Universities UK/GuildHE report explores how a student’s final degree classification is arrived at, with the aim of improving transparency and accountability. Samuel Roseveare explains more.

In defence of modern universities

With calls to return to the binary divide once again heard, Matthew Taylor offers an appreciation of just how good modern universities are at forging connections.

The canary in the mine

In this instalment of our HE Futures series, Jenny Shaw of Unite looks at how 2014 predictions about the sector in 2034 are shaping up three years on.

Replacing EU structural funding post-Brexit

The consequences of Brexit are hard to grasp in many areas. But there are at least some things we can be fairly certain of – the end of European structural and investment funds being one. Tom Frostick at University Alliance suggests a way forward.

The deep roots of university reputation

Previewing their Wonkfest session, Ben Verinder and Sue Wolstenholme look closely at how a different approach to reputation management might solve the higher education’s PR problem.

Talking ‘bout a generation

Academic careers are becoming less and less easy for young early career researchers to sustain. Christine Drabwell tells us why.

Understanding student surveys: a student perspective

In order to get reliable survey data, we have to be confident that students are clear about what is being asked. And, as Julian Porch from York SU explains – this is not as easy as it may sound.