The government regularly claims that it has cracked down on hundreds of ‘bogus colleges’ offering student visas, but is that really the case? Mike Ratcliffe has looked into who really has been coming on and off the Tier 4 register.
The Prime Minister already looks set to return to Downing Street with an increased majority and a domestic policy programme of her own. Where do universities fit in Mayism, and the ‘May’ general election?
With the debate over international students front and centre of the HE Bill’s endgame in Parliament, Ant Bagshaw argues that the political debate over the issue has too often missed the nuance of the policy.
The Prime Minister’s Easter surprise has raised some questions about the future of the Higher Education and Research Bill and the TEF. We break down the implications in our snap reaction to a snap election.
A new book analysing the political divide between ‘Somewheres’ and ‘Anywheres’ puts universities at the heart of its argument. David Morris looks at higher education’s role in the new politics of identity.
The Article 50 countdown clock has begun, and it’ll be over before you know it. David Morris looks at how the UK university sector will be intensely dependent on ‘high’ politics and diplomacy for the next two years.
As the Bill enters its Report stage in the House of Lords, the sector has wound up its lobbying effort – but there are still numerous interesting amendments that peers will seek to make in the coming weeks.
Following the Adam Smith Institute’s appalling and sinister new report into so-called left wing bias in UK HE, Aidan Byrne bravely steps into the twisted world of the author in an attempt to unpick a report which has had so much media attention.
The science and research community must take a critical look at itself to take the fight to the post-facts, anti-scientific world. Rolf Tarrach, former President of the University of Luxembourg, lays down the challenge.
As UKIP publish Opening the British Mind – their most detailed paper on higher education yet – longstanding watcher of UKIP HE policy Tom Bailey returns to scrutinise the latest offering from the eurosceptic party.
If an institution is not functioning properly or meeting regulatory requirements, why should an ancient charter exempt them from possible closure or intervention? Catherine Boyd looks a the furore over Royal Charters.
How many international students will come to the UK in 2020? When will there be another major terrorist attack? Why is the future such a mystery and predicting it so hard? Nick Petford gazes into the statistical crystal ball.
Both universities and the BBC have struggled to define themselves as public bodies as marketisation takes hold. Former BBC strategist Martin Vogel asks what higher education may learn from the Beeb’s travails.
The Higher Education and Research Bill begins its journey in the House of Lords this week, so we take a moment to reflect on who’s who from HE in the upper house and who’s likely to be influential in the debates.