Many of the criticism’s recently levelled at universities could be fixed with improved governance, but will the new regulator be sufficiently ambitious to ensure reform? Jim Dickinson suggests some ways forward.
Governance (with a capital ‘G’) remains one of the big issues facing universities and it has to have more prominence. If we fail to focus more efforts in this area then the possibility of new fractures will grow.
Read between the lines of the HE Bill and you might find the OfS can revoke university titles as well as award them. Mike Ratcliffe investigates what this might mean particularly for ancient universities.
Good governance of universities has never mattered so much, but it never seems to be high on the agenda. Today we announce a new research project aimed at understanding governance in HE and helping the sector improve this vital part of university leadership.
Looking ahead to key trends in policy in 2016, Louisa Darian takes a view of some alternative issues that have not yet dominated current debates, but could well do in the coming months: consumer protection, governance and the long-awaited link between earnings data and educational outcomes.
The first results of our university governance project – the gender balance on governing bodies – some surprising results and hopefully some lessons for senior leaders in their work to achieve a better balance.