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Liberal-minded students could swing the EU vote

Analysis of students’ voting preferences attitudes confirms what many of us already know: the student vote will be vital to Remain’s chances of success in the EU referendum. Adam Wright shows how.

Priorities for the new BIS team

After rumours of its demise had been widely circulating, today BIS finds itself in an unexpectedly strong position, with a fresh ministerial team made up of high profile and influential MPs within this majority Conservative administration. Jonathan Simons looks at their priorities for HE, science, FE and skills.

HE Power List: the election effect

Following the General Election results, it seems a good time to revisit our Power List. What impact has it had on the politicians in our top 50 and what prospects do they have for next year’s list?

DIUS ex Machina? Or whither or wither BIS?

As a government reshuffle is now under way, Andy Westwood looks at the prospect for BIS and the universities and science brief – could they be moved around Whitehall? And what of the likely personalities in the frame to have an influence over the future of the sector in government?

General Election: what next for universities?

The UK wakes up this morning to a defacto Conservative majority, leaving decimation amongst the Liberal Democrats and Labour Party. But what happens now for our universities?

How the Lib Dems were wiped out

As the Lib Dems face almost complete wipeout at the General Election, Dewi Knight asks why this happened, and what implications it has for the party now.

A new government takes shape

We’ve been live blogging the election results, aftermath and formation of the new government since Thursday night. Find the latest updates here, including developments on Tuesday.

Labour set to win the student vote

Mark Leach looks at the final YouthSight poll of student voting intentions ahead of the General Election. Labour are set to win the student vote, with the Conservatives coming in 2nd place.

Election Night: HE viewing guide

Ahead of the 2015 election night, David Kernohan rounds up a viewing guide for the higher education sector. Will you stay up for Clegg?

£11.5k fees? Time to come back down to earth

As fees take the stage one final time as the General Election campaign draws to a close, Mark Leach argues that it is time to bring the whole issue back to reality and proposes a bold move to ensure that HE fees and finance take their rightful place at the heart of our political and economic debate.

The 2015 SNP Manifesto

In their 2015 General Election manifesto published today, the SNP confirms that they will support the lowering of fees across the UK.

General Election political panel #2 – manifestos

The second political panel of the 2015 General Election campaign. In this edition, our three political wonks respond to the party manifestos and what they have to say about universities.

The 2015 UKIP Manifesto

Emily Lupton summarises UKIP’s 2015 election manifesto and what the party plans for higher education including free tuition for STEMM courses and abolishing loans for EU students.

The 2015 Green Party Manifesto

In their 2015 election manifesto the Green Party attacks the current state of UK higher education and lists ways to address the issues. These include scrapping fees and SLC student debts.

General Election political panel: #1

In the first Wonkhe General Election political panel, three higher education wonks with links to the three main UK parties discuss and debate the policies, parties and personalities.

A short history of party manifestos for HE

As the political parties begin publishing their 2015 election manifestos, Emily Lupton takes a look at the growing importance of higher education in general election campaigns since 1979.

How will universities swing in a hung parliament?

With the election getting closer, but the ultimate result looking as uncertain as ever, Martin McQuillan predicts a confusing five years ahead for higher education. How will the sector respond to a rainbow coalition, perhaps without the mandate to pass primary legislation? And how will universities maintain the stability they crave on a fundamentally unstable landscape?

What MPs think about universities

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, Communications Management commissioned Ipsos MORI to find out what MPs think about the state of higher education today. Justin Shaw looks at the findings, particularly politicians’ desire for greater business involvement in our universities.

Budget 2015: loans for PhD and masters students

Today’s 2015 budget announces loans of £25,000 for masters and PhD students as part of a package from the government to “broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate researchers”. We round up the highlights for HE and science from the government’s last Budget before the coming General Election.

Winners and losers from £6,000 fees

A fortnight ago, the higher education choice at the forthcoming general election became clearer as a result of Labour’s policy announcement. Graeme Wise returns to the issue to assess the winners and losers from the £6,000 fees policy.

£6,000 fees: unanswered questions

As the dust settles on the Labour announcement that they would lower fees to £6,000 next year, Julian Gravatt looks in detail at the policy and asks ten questions on funding, regulation and policy that are raised by the promise of lower fees.