Wonkhe http://wonkhe.com Higher education: policy, people and politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:03:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 30691514 Labour Party Conference 2016: Four Days that Shook the Wirral http://wonkhe.com/blogs/labour-party-conference-2016-four-days-that-shook-the-wirral/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/labour-party-conference-2016-four-days-that-shook-the-wirral/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:55:53 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31698 The Labour Party conference has come to an end and the HE wonks that were there have headed home. Despite the awkwardness, Martin McQuillan stayed in the house during the family domestic to get a grip on The World Transformed.

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Well informed? Research, teaching and TEF http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-well-informed-research-teaching-tef/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-well-informed-research-teaching-tef/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:01:20 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31676 Research-informed teaching is just one piece of a difficult jigsaw for the those designing future iterations of the TEF. Ant Bagshaw looks at some of the most recent commentary on the topic.

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Diamond giveth, and Diamond taketh away http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-diamond-giveth-diamond-taketh-away/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-diamond-giveth-diamond-taketh-away/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:25:57 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31655 The Diamond Review of Higher Education and Student Finance is a game changer for HE Wales and the rest of the UK. David Morris goes through the headline recommendations.

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Universities must be honest with students whose needs they cannot meet http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-must-be-honest-with-students-whose-needs-they-cannot-meet/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-must-be-honest-with-students-whose-needs-they-cannot-meet/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:38 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31615 Universities need to be honest with themselves if their services cannot support students with the most severe health difficulties, argues Susannah Doyle.

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Subject-level TEF: It’s about the programmes, stupid! http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-subject-level-tef-its-all-about-programmes-stupid/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-subject-level-tef-its-all-about-programmes-stupid/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:39:14 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31622 Introducing a subject-level TEF will be fraught with problems, but a programme-level TEF can build upon existing quality assurance structures, argues Alastair Robertson.

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The Times & Sunday Times 2017 ranking: Top placings http://wonkhe.com/blogs/times-sunday-times-2017-ranking-top-placings/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/times-sunday-times-2017-ranking-top-placings/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:32:39 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31046 The latest Times/Sunday Times league table of UK universities is now out. A first glance at the top places.

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All new THE World University Rankings 2016-17 http://wonkhe.com/blogs/all-new-the-world-university-rankings-2016-17/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/all-new-the-world-university-rankings-2016-17/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:04:34 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31511 The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings are now out. The most eagerly awaited international league table of the year. Until the next one.

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Staff-to-student sexual harassment must be tackled urgently http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-staff-to-student-sexual-harassment/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-staff-to-student-sexual-harassment/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:58:52 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31562 Our sector and profession urgently needs a conversation and action about staff-to-student sexual harassment, which is more prevalent than many realise, argues Anna Bull.

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Weathering the Brexit storm: University finances in uncertain times http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-weathering-the-brexit-storm-university-finances-in-uncertain-times/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-weathering-the-brexit-storm-university-finances-in-uncertain-times/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:26:06 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31558 An overview of last week's Wonkhe Seminar, which considered the challenges posed to university finances by Brexit and a constantly changing economic environment.

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Dear University People: more HE at the Movies http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-dear-university-people-more-he-at-the-movies/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-dear-university-people-more-he-at-the-movies/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:57:29 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30974 I wrote here a couple of years ago about my excitement at the release of Admission. A film actually about admissions to higher education. OK, really a romantic comedy rather than a detailed dissection of Clearing and Adjustment, but still all very exciting. Anyway, I still haven’t quite got round to watching it but maybe someday... read more

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Feast or famine: student finance must be reformed http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-the-student-loans-system-causes-unnecessary-stress-for-students/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-the-student-loans-system-causes-unnecessary-stress-for-students/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:33:58 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31534 Lynne Condell looks at students' struggles with financial management and argues that the current financing of maintenance only exacerbates the problem.

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The battle of ideas in education is being lost by all sides http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-battle-of-ideas-in-education-is-being-lost-by-all-sides/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-battle-of-ideas-in-education-is-being-lost-by-all-sides/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:24:36 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31485 Former NUS President and Labour MP for Illford North Wes Streeting sets out how universities should rise to new challenges, and why his party needs to start looking forward to formulate better ideas.

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Live: Policy Exchange – What does the new government mean for HE & FE? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-policy-exchange-what-does-the-new-government-mean-for-he-fe/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-policy-exchange-what-does-the-new-government-mean-for-he-fe/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:02:34 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31365 Wonkhe is at Policy Exchange and Pearson's conference today which asks: what does the new government mean for higher and further education?

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HE Power List 2016: Cecil Rhodes and students’ influence http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-cecil-rhodes-and-students-influence/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-cecil-rhodes-and-students-influence/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:38 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30922 A new wave of student counter-culture is challenging established ideas of power in higher education. Smita Jamdar reflects on the challenges to ancient symbols of power, such as the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

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HE Power List 2016: The changing nature of power in a cynical world http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-the-changing-nature-of-power-in-a-cynical-world/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-the-changing-nature-of-power-in-a-cynical-world/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:31 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31331 Power can command respect but it can also be held in contempt. Jon Bennett reflects on the qualities and characteristics of power in the modern world, and its relevance to higher education and public policy.

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HE Power List 2016: An introduction http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-an-introduction/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-an-introduction/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:27 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31341 Launching the 2016 HE Power List, Editor Mark Leach introduces the top 50, our approach to the judging, as well as some reflections on the turbulent year just passed.

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HE Power List 2016: The death of the Osborne Supremacy http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-the-death-of-the-osborne-supremacy/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-the-death-of-the-osborne-supremacy/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:19 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30926 George Osborne was top of our 2015 Power List, but is now nowhere to be seen. David Morris considers the rapid demise of the former chancellor's hegemonic project, and asks whether the new government have learned the lessons of his story.

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HE Power List 2016: The Brexit big hitters http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-why-brexit-is-everything/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-why-brexit-is-everything/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:12 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31370 The odds and ends of Brexit will define the fate of the UK higher education sector in the coming years. Jonathan Simons examines the key players who hold the power and offers advice on how they can be influenced.

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HE Power List 2016: If a week is a long time in politics, a year is an eternity http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-if-a-week-is-a-long-time-in-politics-a-year-is-an-eternity/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-if-a-week-is-a-long-time-in-politics-a-year-is-an-eternity/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:11 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30916 Power List 2016 judge Aaron Porter reflects on the impact that the seismic political shifts of the past 18 months have had on this year's list.

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HE Power List 2016: Influence of alternative sector grows http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-influence-of-alternative-sector-grows-year-by-year/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/he-power-list-2016-influence-of-alternative-sector-grows-year-by-year/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:07 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31275 A 'new wave' of advocates for the alternative provider sector have come into this year's Power List. Richard Brabner contextualises the judges considerations of this new source of power and influence in the HE world.

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University-sponsored schools not guaranteed to make the grade http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-universities-sponsoring-schools-is-no-magic-answer-to-raising-attainment/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-universities-sponsoring-schools-is-no-magic-answer-to-raising-attainment/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:01:09 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31128 Joel Mullan analyses the thinking behind the Prime Minister's recent announcement and looks at universities' current and varied experiences of sponsoring schools.

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One chief to rule them all: who’s in the frame for the top job at UKRI? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/people-one-chief-to-rule-them-all-ukri/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/people-one-chief-to-rule-them-all-ukri/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:50:52 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31054 The application process for one of the most important jobs in UK HE is under way. James Wilsdon examines what the government might be looking for and who best fits the bill.

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Universities, grammar schools and the week that social mobility went askew http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-grammar-schools-name-blind-admissions-social-mobility-gone-askew/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-grammar-schools-name-blind-admissions-social-mobility-gone-askew/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:50:30 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=31032 The Prime Minister's announcements on grammar schools and university-schools betray the political bind she finds herself in, as well as her incomplete understanding of social mobility. Just like her predecessor.

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I know what you read last summer: HE book advice http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-i-know-what-you-read-last-summer-he-book-advice/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-i-know-what-you-read-last-summer-he-book-advice/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:02:41 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30935 Registrarism has some belated summer reading suggestions for higher education, including 'The RAB Charge for Dummies' and 'Us and USS: One big happy pension family'.

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My word is my bond? Freezing the student loan repayment threshold http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-my-word-is-my-bond-freezing-student-loan-repayment-threshold/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-my-word-is-my-bond-freezing-student-loan-repayment-threshold/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:21:50 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30678 In a response to Nick Hillman of the Higher Education Policy Institute, John Thompson argues that freezing the student loan repayment threshold is indefensible.

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Critics of the graduate tax are shouting at straw men http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-critics-of-the-graduate-tax-are-shouting-at-straw-men/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-critics-of-the-graduate-tax-are-shouting-at-straw-men/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:17:45 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30872 Jim Dickinson responds to the legions of public critics of Owen Smith's plans for a graduate tax, arguing that there are just as many problems with the current fees and 'vouchers' system.

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Generation consequence: understanding students’ lives http://wonkhe.com/blogs/generation-consequence-understanding-students-lives/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/generation-consequence-understanding-students-lives/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:59:06 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30787 Students are increasingly isolated and stressed as they worry more about their future than generations that came before them. How can we better understand their lives and how to improve them on campus?

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True Crime on Campus 50th edition – name your favourites http://wonkhe.com/blogs/true-crime-on-campus-50th-edition-name-your-favourites/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/true-crime-on-campus-50th-edition-name-your-favourites/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:01:01 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30761 Golden times. The very very best of True Crime on Campus. Pick your favourites from six years of campus fun.

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Degree apprenticeships offer a new path to secure graduate employment http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-degree-apprenticeships-offer-a-new-path-to-secure-graduate-employment/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-degree-apprenticeships-offer-a-new-path-to-secure-graduate-employment/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:01:39 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30709 Employers are desperate for more technical and professional education at degree level. Claire Buckland outlines the opportunities and challenges in delivering degree apprenticeships on a large scale.

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Levying the playing field: apprenticeships and universities http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-levying-playing-field-governments-apprenticeship-plans-universities/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-levying-playing-field-governments-apprenticeship-plans-universities/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:01:07 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30719 The apprenticeship levy has had a rough ride already, but universities willing to seize the day could play a vital role in upskilling the workforce and delivering new higher education in the workplace.

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