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Universities flying higher

The transport used by universities and their staff is always a topic of interest. Some of our American cousins take things to a whole new level.

LIVE: International Higher Education Forum 2017

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.

Questionable data and student immigration policy

At the heart of the never-ending fight between the Home Office and universities is a question over the reliability of the government’s migration statistics and the International Passenger Survey. David Morris breaks down this complex debate.

In spite of Brexit… reasons for hope in 2017

We’ve heard a lot about the dangers facing universities over the coming months and years, but what about the opportunities? Leila Gouran gives an optimistic take on our challenges.

International students and the power of Open Doors data

The UK sector should look to the US for tools to better understand the international student market and the social and economic benefits it brings to local communities and regions, argues Joe Avison.

Quality, compliance and international students doublespeak

The Third Reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill pointed to an interesting new formulation of language by the government about their policy on international students. Could this be the start of a long climb-down from Amber Rudd’s speech in September?

Rigging the game: imagining a two-tier visa system

With the government likely to propose creating different tiers for universities in international recruitment, David Morris looks at the different ways that this could be implemented, equitable or not.

Hard truths as American higher education mourns

Tony Strike was in Columbus, Ohio this week, and reflects on how American colleagues are suffering the same sense of grief and bewilderment as UK HE did in the summer.

Dear University People: more HE at the Movies

I wrote here a couple of years ago about my excitement at the release of Admission. A film actually about admissions to higher education. OK, really a romantic comedy rather than a detailed dissection of Clearing and Adjustment, but still all very exciting. Anyway, I still haven’t quite got round to watching it but maybe someday… read more

Business schools are left exposed by Brexit

The entire HE sector will suffer for Brexit, but university business schools face some of the stiffest challenges to keep up in the global marketplace, argues Angus Laing.

Even if the UK is out, UK HE must stay global

Geographical boundaries cannot restrict any individual or organisation driven enough to transcend them. If universities are determined, they can make the most of Brexit.

Plan for the worst and hope for the best

Universities have over-relied on growth to see themselves through tough times. The safer option now is to consolidate and see out the coming crisis, argues Jim Dickinson.