Wonkhe http://wonkhe.com Higher education: policy, people and politics Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:58:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 30691514 HEFCE launches consultation on REF2021 http://wonkhe.com/blogs/hefce-launches-consultation-on-ref2021/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/hefce-launches-consultation-on-ref2021/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:23 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33208 As HEFCE launch its consultation to take forward the Stern Review and implement the next Research Excellence Framework for 2021 we take a look at the key proposals and debates that are likely to follow.

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Implementing REF2021 needs the input of the whole research community http://wonkhe.com/blogs/implementing-ref2021-needs-the-input-of-the-whole-research-community/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/implementing-ref2021-needs-the-input-of-the-whole-research-community/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:12 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33192 As HEFCE release its consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework, David Sweeney runs down the key proposals and the most interesting aspects that will require input from the research community.

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Growing future higher ed leaders http://wonkhe.com/blogs/growing-future-higher-ed-leaders/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/growing-future-higher-ed-leaders/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:32:50 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33039 The programme for graduates looking to develop a career in HE managements. Ambitious Futures is recruiting again.

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Principles and practicalities for delivering the Diamond Review http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-principles-and-practicalities-delivering-the-diamond-review/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-principles-and-practicalities-delivering-the-diamond-review/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:49:29 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33156 Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams explains how she will implement the reforms proposed in September's Diamond Review, to create a progressive and sustainable funding system in Wales.

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It’s time to introduce post-qualification admissions http://wonkhe.com/blogs/its-time-to-introduce-post-qualification-admissions/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/its-time-to-introduce-post-qualification-admissions/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:01:03 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33161 Just 16% of predicted grades at A level are correct. A post-qualification admissions system would be better for teachers, students, and university staff, argues Sally Hunt.

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LIVE: Delivering Diamond: The future of HE in Wales http://wonkhe.com/blogs/delivering-diamond-the-future-of-he-in-wales/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/delivering-diamond-the-future-of-he-in-wales/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:19 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33115 Live updates from our event in collaboration with the Open University in Wales on the Diamond Review, including a keynote from Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education.

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Could TEF be good news for disabled students? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-could-tef-be-good-news-for-disabled-students/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-could-tef-be-good-news-for-disabled-students/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:03 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33095 The use of split metrics in the TEF could incentivise universities to do more to support disabled students' attainment and employment prospects, and perhaps make up some of the way for recent cuts to DSA, argues Robert McLaren.

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Devolved-yet-not-independent: TEF and accountability in Scotland http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-devolved-yet-not-independent-tef-and-teaching-accountability-in-scotland/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-devolved-yet-not-independent-tef-and-teaching-accountability-in-scotland/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:01:53 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33103 The prospect of Scottish universities participating in TEF presents fundamental questions about the nature of devolved jurisdiction. Vicky Gunn takes a look at 'devolved-yet-not-independent' paradox.

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Fun with flags: how metrics will work in TEF outcomes http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-fun-with-flags-the-role-of-metrics-in-tef-outcomes/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-fun-with-flags-the-role-of-metrics-in-tef-outcomes/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:42 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33016 TEF outcomes will be determined by 'flagging' of teaching metrics. We explain how it will all work and what the likely spread of outcomes is shaping up to be.

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The TEF is a statistical wonderland http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-tef-is-a-statistical-wonderland/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-tef-is-a-statistical-wonderland/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:41 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33020 Should the top prizes in TEF be benchmarked for a university's entry tariff? Tony Strike argues they should not, and instead that Gold should mean 'best', and not just 'better than expected'.

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The Peers who might influence as the Bill heads to the House of Lords http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-peers-who-might-influence-as-the-bill-heads-to-the-house-of-lords/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-peers-who-might-influence-as-the-bill-heads-to-the-house-of-lords/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:41 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33031 The Higher Education and Research Bill begins its journey in the House of Lords this week, so we take a moment to reflect on who's who from HE in the upper house and who's likely to be influential in the debates.

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Why are applications sliding in this recruitment cycle? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/why-are-applications-sliding-in-this-recruitment-cycle/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/why-are-applications-sliding-in-this-recruitment-cycle/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:29 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33056 Applications to university in the current cycle are down more than 10% - and the problem is not confined to just one type of institution. Dan Beynon asks: what's to be done to arrest the decline?

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It’s time for bursaries to demonstrate their impact http://wonkhe.com/blogs/its-time-for-bursaries-to-demonstrate-real-impact/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/its-time-for-bursaries-to-demonstrate-real-impact/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:16 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33062 Whether bursaries actually work at widening access has long been a controversial topic. Les Ebdon writes how OFFA has introduced a new tool to help universities evaluate bursaries' impact, which will be required for future access agreements.

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University autonomy works and should not be compromised http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-university-autonomy-works-it-should-not-be-compromised/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-university-autonomy-works-it-should-not-be-compromised/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:09 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33024 As the Higher Education and Research Bill moves into the Lords, Simon Gaskell makes the case for changes to the Bill that protect universities' autonomy. As a large body shows, autonomy works.

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Busting five common myths about the TEF http://wonkhe.com/blogs/busting-five-common-myths-about-the-tef/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/busting-five-common-myths-about-the-tef/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:01:24 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32939 Chris Husbands' phone has been ringing off the hook with questions and concerns about the TEF. As Chair of the new exercise, he tries to put to bed some of the more common misunderstandings about the TEF.

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Prior attainment, gender gaps and other lessons from LEO http://wonkhe.com/blogs/prior-attainment-gender-gaps-and-other-lessons-from-leo/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/prior-attainment-gender-gaps-and-other-lessons-from-leo/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:59:37 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32961 After the release of the government's new LEO data, we draw some early lessons about what it shows about graduate earnings, the labour market and universities' ability to influence the employment prospects of their graduates.

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Digesting the Longitudinal Educational Outcome data http://wonkhe.com/blogs/digesting-the-longitudinal-educational-outcome-data/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/digesting-the-longitudinal-educational-outcome-data/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:59:34 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32948 On the day the government releases LEO data showing graduate earnings over time, we take a first look at the data, what it shows and what's in store as the agenda develops.

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Is the government picking favourites for university-led teacher training? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-government-picking-favourites-university-led-teacher-training/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-government-picking-favourites-university-led-teacher-training/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:31 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32874 You might have missed an odd new arbitrary government judgement of university quality when it comes to Initial Teacher Training. Steph Harris explains the messy affair and its implications for higher education policy making.

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University Governance. With a Capital G. http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-university-governance-with-a-capital-g/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-university-governance-with-a-capital-g/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:08:23 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32410 Governance (with a capital ‘G’) remains one of the big issues facing universities and it has to have more prominence. If we fail to focus more efforts in this area then the possibility of new fractures will grow.

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LIVE: UUK/CASE – Political affairs in higher education forum 2016 http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-uukcase-political-affairs-in-higher-education-forum-2016/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-uukcase-political-affairs-in-higher-education-forum-2016/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:34:44 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32876 The Political Affairs in Higher Education forum, now in its third year, brings together senior leaders of policy, public relations and political affairs from across the sector.

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The global(ised?) re-rise of student politics and protest http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-globalised-re-rise-of-student-politics-and-protest/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-globalised-re-rise-of-student-politics-and-protest/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:01:45 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32586 The current travails of the National Union of Students contrasts strongly with student protest movements in other countries. Yet there is also a common global wave of student activism transcending national boundaries.

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Inflation, TEF and tuition fees continue a complex dance http://wonkhe.com/blogs/inflation-tef-and-tuition-fees-continue-a-complex-dance/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/inflation-tef-and-tuition-fees-continue-a-complex-dance/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:46 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32755 Following new forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, the value of tuition fee rises to universities are forecast to rise, but the predictions can only take us only so far for universities' complex planning cycle.

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Exchange rate starting to bite for university costs http://wonkhe.com/blogs/exchange-rate-starting-to-bite-for-university-costs/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/exchange-rate-starting-to-bite-for-university-costs/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:31 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32824 Sterling is going down, and inflation is going up. But for some large costs for universities, inflation is far higher than the nationally reported rates. Just another way Brexit is hurting higher education in unexpected places...

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A working class hero is something to be http://wonkhe.com/blogs/a-working-class-hero-is-something-to-be/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/a-working-class-hero-is-something-to-be/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:12 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32853 Students at Oxford’s StHilda’s College have voted to appoint a Class Liberation Officer - something easy to make fun of. But Claire Lynch argues why this shows they are needed more than ever.

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Live: Universities and Schools: Selection, Sponsorship and Social Mobility http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-universities-and-schools-selection-sponsorship-and-social-mobility/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-universities-and-schools-selection-sponsorship-and-social-mobility/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:43:39 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32753 We'll be bring live updates of our event today, exploring the relationship between schools and universities and asking what the government’s proposed school reforms mean for universities.

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Olympic medals and Olympic lessons for TEF http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-olympic-medals-and-olympic-lessons-for-tef/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-olympic-medals-and-olympic-lessons-for-tef/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:47 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32746 'Marginal gains' philosophy has transformed British sport. Might a similar approach work at improving teaching in higher education? Sarah Davies of Jisc makes the case.

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True Crime on Campus §50: Best of the Best Part 1 http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-true-crime-on-campus-%c2%a750-best-of-the-best-part-1/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-true-crime-on-campus-%c2%a750-best-of-the-best-part-1/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:01:51 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32051 True Crime on Campus has been going for a while now. To save anyone having to read all previous 49 editions we've collected all the best ones here. Truly the golden years of Campus Crime

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Turning students into citizens: a charter for active citizenship http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-active-citizenship-much-more-than-a-mind-game/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-active-citizenship-much-more-than-a-mind-game/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:47:04 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32651 A new GuildHE report shows that social action and active citizenship are an important aspect of higher education. Joy Carter argues that universities must actively demonstrate their social value and the power of community action by staff and students.

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Autumn Statement stems the tide but points to dicey years ahead http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-autumn-statement-2016/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-autumn-statement-2016/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:00:29 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32714 The Autumn Statement was on the whole a positive result for universities, paradoxically as a result of Brexit. Yet volatility in growth and inflation will matter more than ever for higher education in the coming years.

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Live: Autumn Statement 2016 http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-autumn-statement-2016/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-autumn-statement-2016/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:02 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=32661 All the developments, reaction, detail and debate about the Autumn Statement 2016 for the higher education, research and science communities during the day of announcement - Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

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