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Wonkery in the media

The way wonkish stories are covered in the media presents issues for those trying to foster a deeper understanding of the way the HE sector works. Arthi Nachiappan suggests a path through Wonkfest for those who want to improve their media skills.

Louis Coiffait joins Team Wonkhe

I’m really pleased to say that from today, Louis Coiffait is joining Team Wonkhe as Associate Editor. Louis has supported Wonkhe from the early days, inviting both me and David Kernohan (then at Jisc) to contribute to the 2012 edition of the Pearson Blue Skies project on the future of HE, and more recently involving… read more

Top five reasons you need to be at Wonkfest

If you know me – or have had a conversation with me in the last twelve months – you’ll know that I have been living and breathing Wonkfest17. From a twinkle in Mark’s eye to the biggest event of the HE calendar, Wonkfest has been a labour of love (and some tears) to create. As… read more

Introducing HE futures

Thinking about the future can seem tricky, especially with uncertainty on so many fronts. Higher education, just like any other sector, needs to find ways of exploring what the future might be, and might mean, for individuals, institutions or businesses. Futures work isn’t about being certain about what’s going to happen in any given sphere,… read more

Wonkhe and Hotcourses Group announce a new partnership

I am delighted to today announce a new partnership between Wonkhe and Hotcourses Group. Hotcourses Group deliver a range of online services – including WhatUni and the Complete University Guide – which support millions of potential students from around the world to find the right course and institution for them. The data that these services… read more

New essay collection: The many faces of the university

Universities have many roles, and they play them simultaneously in a complex and interwoven existence with students, academics, communities and each other. Today we publish an essay collection with Shakespeare Martineau which untangles strands from this web of connections to help understand better how these roles manifest. This has been an enjoyable project, and one… read more

Earnings and outcomes – is a degree worth it?

Our final UPP Foundation/Wonkhe Policy Forum of the year completed the student lifecycle journey with a fascinating panel debate on graduate outcomes and the ‘value’ of a degree, on June 14th at King’s College London Our excellent panel, chaired once again by UPP Foundation’s Richard Brabner, featured: Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education at Cambridge… read more

Team Wonkhe welcomes David Kernohan

I am delighted to announce that from this morning, David Kernohan will be joining Team Wonkhe as Associate Editor. David has supported and written for Wonkhe since our inception, both as a featured author and supporting analysis behind the scenes. Many in the sector will already be aware of him as one of the sector’s… read more

Introducing Wonkfest: our biggest event yet

Today we are hugely excited to launch Wonkfest. More than twelve months in the making, Wonkfest is not just the biggest event we’ve ever produced, but the start of what we hope will become an annual tradition in the higher education sector: a policy jamboree – two solid days of serious policy debate, endlessly interesting… read more

Wonkhe and HSBC launch new collaboration

Wonkhe and HSBC are delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration. Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s founder and Editor in Chief, said: “We are thrilled to be working with HSBC. As the world’s leading international trade and business bank, their global reach and deep relationships with UK universities make the bank an ideal partner.” The collaboration centres… read more

Does UK HE have a retention problem?

In the second of a series of events hosted jointly by Wonkhe and UPP Foundation, an expert panel considered the knotty retention in higher education on 23 March at King’s College London. The panel, chaired by UPP Foundation’s Richard Brabner, was: Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive at Independent HE Ross Renton, Pro-Vice Chancellor Students at the… read more

Learning to wonk

Learning To Wonk, Sheffield, February 2017 We recently delivered a day’s workshop which brought to life the three elements of Wonkhe: policy, people and politics. Learning to Wonk Before You Can Rant has been in development for a number of months and we thought that we had a good idea (in addition to a good… read more

Bringing the HE policy community closer together

The HE policy community needs more opportunities to learn from each other and share ideas. That’s why we’ve started a series of free evening events with the UPP Foundation.

A review of Wonkhe’s sixth year

It’s our sixth birthday, and so as is customary, Wonkhe’s Editor and Director Mark Leach reflect on the year just gone.

Lessons for universities and their lobbying efforts

Following our Inside Track programme, Ant Bagshaw reflects on how and why the sector needs to engage with worlds of policy and politics and the lessons learnt from the Wonkhe professional programme ‘The Inside Track’.

Time to lead the universities and schools agenda

The government has put universities and schools working together back on the agenda – we explain why it’s time for the sector to engage with the idea to shape the policy.

All aboard: introducing Wonkhe Professional

This week sees the launch of the final piece in the jigsaw for Wonkhe’s professional development offer. We now have a series of opportunities ahead for the coming academic year – some delivered in partnership and one delivered just by Team Wonkhe. Learning to Wonk Before You Can Rant We have developed in-house a new… read more

Your feedback is important to us

In the last Monday Morning Briefing before its summer break, we shared a community survey to get feedback on the range of Wonkhe services and to glean ideas for new and expanded content. We are immensely grateful for the 250 people – from across the wide range of our readership – who took the time to give us their feedback. We care about it, and we’re going to do something about what you’ve said.

Events, dear boy, events

It’s the first Wonkhe Team blog and Ant Bagshaw discusses the latest development in Wonkhe’s offer.

Wonkhe welcomes five new partners

Wonkhe (pronounced wonky), the leading blog and online think tank at the heart of the UK higher education debate, is today pleased to announce five new partners.

Introducing the HE Power List

Who really calls the shots in higher education? Is it the academics, or are they simply striving to get by in a system they have little control over? Is it students, or are they just a distraction from the important business of research? Perhaps it’s vice chancellors, or are they stuck with making the best of decisions made in Westminster? And what of the political classes? Do BIS Ministers get much of a say or does real power rest in the Treasury?

Wonkhe and Capita announce new sponsorship

Wonkhe, the website all about higher education policy and Capita plc a leading provider of services to higher education, today announce a new sponsorship arrangement. Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Director said “I am thrilled to welcome Capita to our growing community of supporters and excited about the projects and programmes that we’ll be able to develop… read more

Registrarism comes home to Wonkhe

The internationally respected higher education blog Registrarism by Dr Paul Greatrix (Registrar at The University of Nottingham), is joining forces with Wonkhe.

Wonkhe ltd. welcomes two new Directors

Today Wonkhe ltd. welcomes two new Directors and members of the Board. Thomas Veit (Director of External Relations, University of Leicester) and Jamie O’Connell (Product Director, Hobsons) join the company from October 2014.

Big update

A few months ago we embarked on an ambitious project to substantially grow this site and its activities and I am pleased to report that things are progressing very well indeed. We want to be the sector’s daily destination for all commentary, debate and analysis about higher education and be an important platform for the new and previously unheard voices in the sector. Our big ambitions are backed up by a big strategy that we are now in the first phase of delivering and I wanted to report back today about our progress and announce the first of many partnerships, as well as a new Editorial Group.

Review of Wonkhe’s 3rd year

Wonkhe went live three years ago today, and as we celebrate our 3rd birthday, founder and Editor in Chief Mark Leach looks back at the last 12 months. With lots of exciting plans for the site and its surrounding organisation, today is also a good moment to preview some of the interesting developments that we have planned. Thank you for reading and supporting us for another year.

Review of Wonkhe year 2

This time last year on Wonkhe’s first birthday, we had a brief look back at the first year in operation. Another year has passed and so as we celebrate our 2nd birthday, it feels like the right time to have another review of the year gone by. This post will give a list of the top 10 locations for reading the site, as well as the most popular content. And as usual, we will have a little look towards the future. Thanks for reading.

Review of Wonkhe year 1

I decided at the launch of Wonkhe not to do a lot of meta blogging about blogging – it isn’t interesting for most people. But I feel we have a good story to tell, a bright future and as Wonkhe turns one year old today, it seems like a good moment for reflection.