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.
David Relph argues that university leaders need fresh imagination and real ambition to root their work in their local communities and should grasp the opportunities that follow the renewed devolution agenda.
To mark International Women’s Day, Ellen Pugh looks at where women work in higher education, the progress that the sector has made in increasing women’s representation, and what more can be done to break the glass ceiling.
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.
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.
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.
With so many data-related changes emerging across the landscape, a failure to engage with this agenda is likely to leave institutions struggling with data problems for years to come. Andy Youell argues that the sector now needs a sea-change in the way it thinks about data in universities.
As universities look to drive efficiency and more student-centric service delivery, Jackie Njoroge argued that the sector should focus on maximising the value of management information to support an evidence-based approach.
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.