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Is there still a role for validation?

Yes, answers the OU’s Phil Berry, who argues that a validation arrangement can benefit alternative HE and established universities – serving to build a better quality sector.

Time to open the door on sector diversity

The sector is diverse, but it could offer more choices of delivery methods to support the needs of a wider range of learners. Paul Feldman of Jisc, a member of the Higher Education Commission, introduces their recent report.

On senior pay, the ball is in the sector’s court

OfS Chair Sir Michael Barber encourages the sector to get their house in order regarding value for money, as he looks towards the formal existence of the new sector regulator in the new year.

The OfS should make university governance a top priority

Many of the criticism’s recently levelled at universities could be fixed with improved governance, but will the new regulator be sufficiently ambitious to ensure reform? Jim Dickinson suggests some ways forward.

TEF – is it here to stay or a flash in the pan?

Whilst it is unlikely to outlive external examining, will TEF last as long as Audit and HE Review? Or will it have as short a half-life as TQA and Subject Review? Paul Greatrix takes us through a history of quality assurance and assessment in universities.

Understanding the burden of data collection

Andy Youell introduces the latest data-driven consultation on finding ways to better understand and reduce the burden of data management and collection in higher education providers.

How to read: Michael Barber’s UUK speech

Sir Michael Barber

How do we interpret Sir Michael Barber’s first major speech in his new role as Chair of the Office for Students? David Kernohan has been quietly following Barber’s career, and he has a few thoughts.

Be it enacted: The Higher Education and Research Act

The Higher Education and Research Bill has now been approved by both the Commons and Lords, and the Queen. Finally, we have a Higher Education and Research Act. We round up the major provisions and the best of Wonkhe’s coverage.

Ministers must stop spreading bogus news about bogus colleges

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.

Beyond metrics: An open letter to Sir Michael Barber

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.

Deliverology in, out and around the university

As Michael Barber starts his tenure as Chair of the Office of Students, David Morris reviews his recent writing on universities, policymaking and government, to unpick what his approach might be.