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Creating a level playing field not as easy as it looks

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.

University fundraising might be about to get much harder

Successive Ross-CASE reports have highlighted the sector’s success in raising funds from donors but this could be about to change. New regulations are being introduced that will impose new costs for universities and could make it much harder for the sector to raise money.

Quality assessment through the looking glass

Following HEFCE publishing its next steps for quality assessment, Gordon McKenzie looks at how far the new system aligns with the Government’s priorities for quality and regulation in HE.

New quality assessment system digested

HEFCE has today published its new model and framework for quality assessment in the UK. We are unpicking every element systematically but first we ask: what does the revised model for quality assessment look like?

Will the next quality system be genuinely risk-based?

As a new system of quality assessment is about to be introduced, Colin Raban and David Cairns ask if it is likely to be genuinely risk-based, and what can be learnt from the regulation of other sectors in designing a new framework for HE.

New providers, new analogy

With the Green Paper indicating that the Government is seeking to further break down barriers to entry for private providers, Mike Ratcliffe tries to compare apples and oranges. Or Byron and McDonalds. Or chalk and cheese. Pick your own analogy, wonks.