In these feverish Brexit days and whole new challenges for universities as we try to come to terms with what our future place in Europe will be it was a real privilege to engage with colleagues from across the EU recently at the HUMANE Winter School in Barcelona.
A squeeze in overall demand means that there’s a new urgency behind broadening the sector’s net to include greater numbers of students from low-participation backgrounds, argues UCAS’s Mary Curnock Cook.
What if access to higher education was entirely ‘fair’, and more evenly split across social classes? David Morris has made a rough model of a ‘fair’ system to uniquely illustrate some of the challenges for fairer and wider access to university.
We were live at Universities UK’s International Higher Education Forum. The event explored how UK universities can maximise emerging international opportunities and overcome challenges from the radical political shifts that the UK has experienced over the last year.
We are still awaiting the Home Office’s consultation on reforming the student visa system. Alex Bols implores the Home Office to consider the impact of tighter visa refusal rate regulations on small providers.
Outreach has become a common part of higher education providers’ access work, but it needs to be for life, and not just for university. Fraser Burt makes the case for employers’ bridging the class gap.
The UK’s continued arrangements for regulation of the nuclear industry are all up for question as we head towards Brexit. Nona Buckley-Irvine has looked at the far reaching implications for British science, colleges and universities.
Our HE music archivists have done some more digging around and come up with yet more of those forgotten bands of higher education, including Henry Nu-man, Tier 4, The Degree Apprentices, and Freedom of Speech.
Alex Proudfoot makes the case for the Office for Students to be the ‘validator of last resort’ in the Higher Education and Research Bill, in order to ensure further high quality new entrants to the higher education market.
Universities have a vital role in fixing the UK’s recent failures in improving business research and development. Richard Jones analyses the wider context behind the recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.