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Are headline writers getting it wrong on fees?

As the nation’s press runs away with stories on tuition fees, Steven Jones argues that much of the subtleties of the system – both its faults and benefits – are being lost in the debate.

Is the tuition fee system now under threat?

There are noises from deep within all major political parties now expressing concern about tuition fees. Are the political winds starting to blow against the current system?

Nine brains or megabrain: who’s making UKRI?

UKRI is starting to take shape behind the scenes. James Wilsdon has spoken to dozens of key players to lift the curtain on what promises to be a transformation in the UK research and innovation landscape.

What could TEF mean for international recruitment?

Some in the sector have claimed that TEF could harm UK universities’ international reputations. Nona Buckley-Irvine looks at those institutions which have the most to gain and lose from their outcomes.

A brief history of higher education data

The UK’s higher education data infrastructure is the envy of the world and has unlikely origins in the conclusion of the Second World War. Andy Youell takes us on a brief and fascinating history.

TEF results – making sense of the London effect

London’s non-specialist universities have struggled in TEF, and could have done even worse were it not for the panel’s discretion. Nona Buckley-Irvine asks why students seem to have a much poorer experience in the capital.

How to read: Michael Barber’s UUK speech

Sir Michael Barber

How do we interpret Sir Michael Barber’s first major speech in his new role as Chair of the Office for Students? David Kernohan has been quietly following Barber’s career, and he has a few thoughts.

Can TEF make waves in Scotland?

Only five Scottish universities chose to enter TEF this year, but there are signs that the exercise will have far greater effects than expected in Caledonia, suggests Alastair Robertson.