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Understanding student contracts

Student contracts are far from a new idea – Dennis Farrington takes us through some of the history, and explains just what kind of contract we are talking about.

Rock goes to College (patriotically)

Imagine if OfS had the final say over the bands that performed at English universities, and could veto any that did not sing about the glory of the proposed regulatory framework Paul Greatrix examines a very surprising case from India.

Understanding student surveys: a student perspective

In order to get reliable survey data, we have to be confident that students are clear about what is being asked. And, as Julian Porch from York SU explains – this is not as easy as it may sound.

A recipe for apprenticeship success

KPMG’s Mike Rowley examines how a rise in the number of apprenticeships could have an effect on higher education provision, and relationships between universities and business.

Beware of the positive university

Dr Anna Bull and Dr Kim Allen look hard at the ideological roots of Sir Anthony Seldon’s recent report for HEPI, and find a number of reasons to be cautious about the conclusions drawn therein.

Little white lies?

Question 25 of the National Student Survey deals with the way institutions respond to student feedback. Maybe it is time to consider adding it to the TEF? – suggests Zak Liddell

The golden triangle of retention

We should move beyond the educational deficit model when we consider retention, argues University of Lincoln vice chancellor Mary Stuart.

Digital sanctuary and anonymity on campus

Sian Bayne, in an article based on her ALTC2017 keynote, argues that anonymous social media spaces can give students the opportunity to seek the support and advice they need – but there are also risks for institutions.

Where policing ends and universities begin

Students do many things at university – unfortunately some of them get arrested and then released on bail. Levi Pay sets out the trials of managing this situation from the student services perspective.

The rise of academic ill-health

Across the sector, staff and students are anxious, and mental health issues are actively caused by the way institutions are required to operate. Richard Hall takes a deeper look into the unhealthy way the modern universities are experienced by the human beings within them.

Who does what when a student dies?

In an average university, six or seven students will die each year. Levi Pay takes us through the protocols needed to carry out the delicate and emotional process of supporting families, friends and coursemates through this difficult time.

Team Wonkhe slack chat: the NSS

In an experimental feature, Team Wonkhe take to slack to discuss the 2017 NSS in detail. The chat covers post-graduate NSS, the potential for bias within surveys and the use of NSS data within institutions.