The apprenticeship levy has had a rough ride already, but universities willing to seize the day could play a vital role in upskilling the workforce and delivering new higher education in the workplace.
The access record of universities in Scotland has been disappointing, and the Scottish Government needs to stop sidelining the problem. Lucy Hunter Blackburn argues that despite that the comparison with England holds up, despite what the politicians are saying.
The findings from the influential HEPI/HEA student academic experience have been published and in the context of the White Paper take on particular significance. We run down their findings and consider what they could mean for policy.
The Government’s White Paper contains some hefty proposals on the TEF. While these have gone some way to allay the sector’s original concerns, there remain a number of fundamental challenges to the TEF’s success.
Will the TEF, OfS, and changes to regulation proposed by the government’s HE White paper put privatisation back on the agenda? It might make sense for some institutions may begin considering it once again.
Following IFS’ report which showed differing graduate earnings across subjects, Dean Machin argues that a system that allowed for differential fees could ultimately be fairer for students and the taxpayer.
On Wednesday the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the first report into graduate earnings – Andrew McGettigan discussed the report’s findings and their implications with one of the report’s authors: Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at IFS.
Tom Frostick considers what the pending abolition of nursing bursaries, and the government’s proposals to lift student number controls for these students, will mean for student access and workforce planning.