No sooner has the Higher Education and Research Act been passed, it is now time to turn our thoughts towards implementation. Sarah Stevens of the Russell Group sets out some priority matters for the new Office for Students.
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 new OfS Chair is famous as a disciple of the Third Way in public services. Shân Wareing makes a plea for the future of HE regulation to adhere to the Fourth Way, a less metrics driven and more inclusive approach.
The ‘binary divide’ between universities and polytechnics proved to be unsustainable, but the challenges it created are still with us today. Mike Ratcliffe evaluates the 1992 Act’s background and legacy.
Regulating degree apprenticeships and approving baseline standards is very different to the usual process of awarding degrees. Catherine Boyd asks whether the current processes blur the lines of university autonomy.
Like it or not, the higher education sector will soon have to deal with an active and well-armed regulator. Jonathan Nicholls looks at the challenges this might pose and the lessons that can be learned from other sectors’ experiences.
Alex Proudfoot makes the case for the Office for Students to be the ‘validator of last resort’ in the Higher Education and Research Bill, in order to ensure further high quality new entrants to the higher education market.
The sector is excited about the possibility of expanded degree apprenticeships, but the regulatory hurdles involved are extensive and the policy landscape is as clear as mud. What’s going on with degree apprenticeships – everything you need to know.
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.
The Higher Education and Research Bill has been heralded by Jo Johnson as a game changer for the fortunes of alternative providers, but there are still many barriers to sector entry, as Catherine Boyd has found out.
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.
There has been a remarkable contrast between Scottish universities’ approaches to the independence and Brexit referendums. Lucy Hunter Blackburn asks whether continued constitutional strain will cost the sector its autonomy.
UUK’s report on sexual harassment and violence is honest about UK universities having a problem, and proposes some fairly crunchy solutions, but there is still some way to go to move universities from recommendations to obligations.