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Sector voices on the review of post-18 education and funding

Wonkhe’s Arthi Nachiappan has interviewed key people from across UK further and higher education – mission groups, representative groups, think tanks, charities, and individual wonks – to find out the sector’s priorities for the imminent review of post-18 education and funding in England.

The University Show – Season 1 Episode 1

It’s the first episode of our brand new podcast where Mark Leach, Richard Brabner and Eric Stoller talk free speech at universities, UCAS data and review the first weeks of the new universities minister.

Sam Gyimah’s first tour date

Louis Coiffait had a front-row seat for the sector’s first audience with its new minister, and despite being told “we’re not going to be friends”, it ended with a handshake.

The case for a major review of higher education

As the Prime Minister moves forward with her “major review” of higher education, Aaron Porter looks at the lessons from recent history to make the case for a review that works.

What’s in Sam Gyimah’s in-tray?

We have a new Minister for Higher Education – but who is he, and what will be the big issues awaiting his attention? David Kernohan runs down his CV and sneaks a peak into his in-tray

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.