Wonkhe http://wonkhe.com Higher education: policy, people and politics Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:11:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 30691514 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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The graduate tax: higher education’s zombie idea http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-graduate-tax-zombie-idea/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-graduate-tax-zombie-idea/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:57:11 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30728 Owen Smith's revival of the graduate tax idea is the latest attempt to find an ugly compromise between tuition fees and free education. Politicians need to chose one or the other, argues Will Cooling.

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The HE market for hopes and dreams: UCAS on results day http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-he-market-for-hopes-and-dreams-at-ucas-on-results-day/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-he-market-for-hopes-and-dreams-at-ucas-on-results-day/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:02:49 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30686 On A Level results day, Wonkhe's deputy editor David Morris visits UCAS to get under the skin of the sector's biggest days in the calendar, and another milestone in the rapidly changing HE market.

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Admissions and Clearing: time for a major Adjustment? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-admissions-and-clearing-time-for-a-major-adjustment/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-admissions-and-clearing-time-for-a-major-adjustment/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:12:37 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30576 The annual admissions market has become too volatile and risks failing both applicants and institutions. It's time to look again at post-qualification admissions, argues Paul Greatrix.

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Business schools are left exposed by Brexit http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-business-schools-left-exposed-brexit/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-business-schools-left-exposed-brexit/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:01:27 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30564 The entire HE sector will suffer for Brexit, but university business schools face some of the stiffest challenges to keep up in the global marketplace, argues Angus Laing.

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The case for a transparency revolution in bursaries http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-transparency-revolution-student-bursaries/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-transparency-revolution-student-bursaries/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:14:31 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30560 The effectiveness of student financial support in widening access to higher education won't improve if applicants don't know what support is available, argues Anand Shukla.

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Summer Ranking: A New World University League Table http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-summer-ranking-a-new-world-university-league-table/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-summer-ranking-a-new-world-university-league-table/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:14:57 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30544 The all new ARWU world university rankings are out. As usual there are very few ups and downs.

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Is it time for a 5* category in the REF? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-for-5-category-ref/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-for-5-category-ref/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:08:23 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30482 Will the changes proposed by Lord Stern make it too easy for REF assessments to achieve 100% 4* submissions? Simon Kerridge asks if we need a 5* rating.

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Your feedback is important to us http://wonkhe.com/team-blog-feedback/ http://wonkhe.com/team-blog-feedback/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:50:31 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?p=30521 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.

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Universities urgently need to rediscover their civic mission http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-urgently-rediscover-civic-mission/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-universities-urgently-rediscover-civic-mission/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:15:54 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30464 In rebuilding their relationship with the voters, it is imperative that universities are accessible, relevant, and trusted as public institutions, says Smita Jamdar.

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Even if the UK is out, UK HE must stay global http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-even-if-the-uk-is-out-higher-education-must-remain/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-even-if-the-uk-is-out-higher-education-must-remain/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:36:39 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30470 Geographical boundaries cannot restrict any individual or organisation driven enough to transcend them. If universities are determined, they can make the most of Brexit.

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You Spin Me Right Round: A guide to writing your NSS press release http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-you-spin-me-right-round-a-guide-to-constructing-your-nss-press-release/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-you-spin-me-right-round-a-guide-to-constructing-your-nss-press-release/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:53:08 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30450 Ant Bagshaw pays tribute to university press officers toiling to make the most of their NSS results.

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EU structural funds must not be forgotten in HE’s fight for funding http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-eu-structural-funds-fight/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-eu-structural-funds-fight/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 23:01:45 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30292 UK universities stand to lose over £100 million in EU structural funds, primarily in post-92 institutions.

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Live: BrHExit – Where next for universities and Europe? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-brhexit-where-next-for-universities-and-europe/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/live-brhexit-where-next-for-universities-and-europe/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:57:03 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30299 Live updates all day from Wonkhe's conference on Brexit and the future of UK universities in Europe.

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Information, information, information: how is the new NSS shaping up? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-information-nss-and-unistats-review/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-information-nss-and-unistats-review/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:36:54 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30262 NSS and public information expert Kate Little provides a potted history of the NSS and Unistats review, and analyses the recently released outcomes report.

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Student debt does not outweigh the graduate premium http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-student-loan-debt-graduate-premium/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-student-loan-debt-graduate-premium/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:59:44 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30266 A recent report by the Intergenerational Foundation has misrepresented the relationship between tuition fees and the graduate premium.

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A ranking that’s out of this world http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-a-ranking-thats-out-of-this-world/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-a-ranking-thats-out-of-this-world/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:49:22 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30224 Time for a new university #ranking - this one is out of this world.

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A kinder, gentler REF? Reflections on Stern http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-reflections-on-stern/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-reflections-on-stern/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:34:55 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30247 Reflections to the Stern Review from across the sector, including James Wilsdon, Pam Tatlow, Jamie Arrowsmith, Martin McQuillan, Maddalaine Ansell, and Martin Paul Eve.

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Stern’s REF will create a more open research culture http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-new-ref-more-open-research-culture/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-new-ref-more-open-research-culture/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:30:46 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30233 Amidst legitimate concerns about portability, many have missed that the new REF will allow academics to publish less, and publish better.

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Not very hard a-Stern: a new course for the REF http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-not-very-hard-a-stern/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-not-very-hard-a-stern/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:09:57 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30211 Lord Stern's review of the REF has listened to the sector's views and has decided to tweak the rudder slightly rather than aim for a completely different location.

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What do teaching experts think about the TEF? http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-the-tef-technical-proposals-a-message-from-the-sector/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-the-tef-technical-proposals-a-message-from-the-sector/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:22:44 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30203 Eric Bohms presents findings of a survey of experts in teaching and learning which uncovers their hopes and fears for the TEF.

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HE’s secret fortress: a visit to the LONDON4 datacentre http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-protecting-our-data-a-visit-to-the-london4-datacentre/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/data-protecting-our-data-a-visit-to-the-london4-datacentre/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:33:23 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30182 Team Wonkhe were invited on a tour of the high security facility where several universities are hosting IT infrastructure to keep staff and students connected and protected.

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Brick to brick: spot the university building quiz http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-brick-to-brick-spot-university-building-quiz/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/registrarism-brick-to-brick-spot-university-building-quiz/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:17:16 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30111 It's time for your WonkHE summer quiz. Can you identify these UK universities from examples of their architecture?

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Architecture and academia: a match made in hell http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-architecture-academia-match-made-in-hell/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-architecture-academia-match-made-in-hell/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:45:14 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30158 Nominations for the Stirling Prize from HE and FE tell us a lot about public perspectives of the two.

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It’s time we decentralised teaching and research funding http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-decentralised-teaching-and-research-funding/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-decentralised-teaching-and-research-funding/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:03:49 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30147 The 'devolution revolution' should extend to moving teaching and research funding away from Whitehall and into the hands of local authorities, says Craig Berry.

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When you can’t do right for doing wrong http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-when-you-cant-do-right-for-doing-wrong/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-when-you-cant-do-right-for-doing-wrong/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:30:47 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30087 Reports of universities jumping the gun on inflationary fee increases are greatly exaggerated, and have forgotten to account for consumer protection law.

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The OfS must not overlook FE colleges http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-he-bill-ofs-fe-colleges/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-he-bill-ofs-fe-colleges/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:01:33 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=29967 Julian Gravatt of the Association Colleges gives his take on the Higher Education and Research Bill and wonders if the OfS will account for all types of student.

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When wonkery came to Westminster http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-wonkery-westminster/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-wonkery-westminster/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:36:04 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=30070 David Morris gives an overview of a long, sweltering summer afternoon in Parliament, as the Higher Education and Research Bill was debated by MPs.

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Time for a new internationalism in UK universities http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-for-new-internationalism/ http://wonkhe.com/blogs/comment-time-for-new-internationalism/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:01:23 +0000 http://wonkhe.com/?post_type=blogs&p=29970 After Brexit, universities role as an instrument of British soft power is more important than ever, argues Vivienne Stern.

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