The iconic film maker George A. Romero died recently. Stella Jones-Devitt argues that his zombie films, which aimed to satirise consumerism, racism and other social concerns, have parallels with present-day higher education.
Linda Naughton gives her reflections on the LFHE’s Aurora programme for women in higher education leadership, and how our dominant ideas of leadership need to change in order to achieve gender parity in the sector.
Women graduates earn less than their male counterparts immediately after leaving university and in the vast majority of subjects. We pick this apart and suggest what role universities might have to play in fixing it.
Despite growing media attention, there’s little evidence that the sector is being sufficiently proactive in tackling staff-to-student sexual harassment. Richard Peachy of CMP Resolutions suggests some actions that universities might take.
The use of split metrics in the TEF could incentivise universities to do more to support disabled students’ attainment and employment prospects, and perhaps make up some of the way for recent cuts to DSA, argues Robert McLaren.
UUK’s report on sexual harassment and violence is honest about UK universities having a problem, and proposes some fairly crunchy solutions, but there is still some way to go to move universities from recommendations to obligations.
Institutions are finally implementing strategies to tackle the black and ethnic minority attainment gap. Helen Barefoot from the University of Hertfordshire and Nona McDuff from Kingston University explain what they are doing.
Nick Hillman builds on his new HEPI pamphlet and argues that male access, retention and achievement is an urgent problem for the sector that should be debated and tackled – despite the critics of this discussion.
NUS Vice-President (Higher Education), Sorana Vieru argues that concerns about male underachievement are overhyped, make erroneous use of figures, and fail to account for class and non-university opportunities.
It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and we’re marking it all week here on Wonkhe. Louisa Darian sets out what’s in store over the coming few days and explains why we’re refreshing our focus on women and wonkery.
As the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) retools for a changing funding and policy environment, David Gilmore sets out the case for a reformed ECU, why it matters and why there is still so much work to do.