As universities face an unprecedented level of reputational challenges, Universities UK CEO Alistair Jarvis argues that it’s time for the fightback to begin.
Can we expect an unaccustomed and not entirely welcome focus on universities at the coming General Election? Or are we in a position where, as Oscar Wilde said, ‘There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about’. Edward Peck on why we should welcome the return of universities to the national debate.
David Kernohan responds to respected policy wonk Sonia Sodha’s latest piece for The Guardian: ‘It’s time to reinvent what universities can be’.
Sue Littlemore looks at recent polling to assess public attitudes towards universities and finds some sobering results. In the context of higher fees, and pressures coming from other places, how the wider public feel about the value of HE and the debts that the next generation are getting in to really matter. Universities may have been protected from public opinion in the past, but as we head towards a general election, politicians are likely to be influenced by the largest of protest groups; parents.
There have been a number of one-sided and ill-informed diatribes on higher education policy in the national press in recent months. Although often well written, their positions are indefensible and pose deep problems for UK higher education. And so it falls to the wonks to respond.