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The big Budget choices that the Chancellor faces

Gordon McKenzie, CEO of GuildHE and former civil servant remembers what Budget week is like inside a government department – and details the difficult conversations that the Chancellor will be having this week.

Why we wonk – a case study

Andy Westwood lifts the lid on the satisfyingly wonkish work of the Industrial Strategy Commission, and finds a set of reasons for doing what wonks do.

The culture wars and a tale of two letters

As universities hit the news, for all the wrong reasons, Mark Leach and Louis Coiffait argue that the sector needs to be alive to the coming culture wars and respond in kind.

Notes on party conferences and a world transformed

As party conference season reaches its middle point for 2017, Mark Leach reflects on Labour’s gathering in Brighton and looks ahead to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

There’s a difference between ‘good’ and ‘good value’

Universities will struggle to improve their public image without understanding their critics’ point over whether they offer good value to students and the taxpayer. David Morris tries to illustrate this point with a drawn-out metaphor.

Is Nick Timothy right about graduate salaries? A new look at LEO

The Prime Minister’s former chief wonk has got stuck into the ‘is university worth it?’ debate this morning. It seemed a good reason, combined with A level results day, to present some new ways of looking at graduate salaries data from LEO.

Dearing in the House – twenty years on

It was twenty years ago, yesterday. Wonkhe’s David Kernohan looks back to the way Lord Dearing’s Report was received, and finds some surprisingly familiar names with some decidedly unfamiliar policy positions.

What do universities need to prevent a Brexodus?

The Russell Group’s Hollie Chandler outlines the outstanding questions for universities and their staff and students resulting from the government’s initial proposals for EU nationals’ ongoing rights in the UK.

Is the tuition fee system now under threat?

There are noises from deep within all major political parties now expressing concern about tuition fees. Are the political winds starting to blow against the current system?