Across the sector, staff and students are anxious, and mental health issues are actively caused by the way institutions are required to operate. Richard Hall takes a deeper look into the unhealthy way the modern universities are experienced by the human beings within them.
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.
The iconic film maker George A. Romero died recently. Stella Jones-Devitt argues that his zombie films, which aimed to satirise consumerism, racism and other social concerns, have parallels with present-day higher education.
Linda Naughton gives her reflections on the LFHE’s Aurora programme for women in higher education leadership, and how our dominant ideas of leadership need to change in order to achieve gender parity in the sector.
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.