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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.

What sort of TEF do students really want?

A consortium of students’ unions has seriously investigated what students want from TEF, with some interesting results that could have wide consequences for the debate.

The future of work – what do we know?

The “future of work” is a much trickier call to make than robot-festooned reports make it look. Charlotte Malton at Britain Thinks takes us through what we can actually know, and how institutions can prepare themselves and their graduates.

Cutting the cake: fairness in student finance

A “fair” funding system is something everyone can agree on the need for. Unfortunately, agreeing on what “fair” should mean in this context is much more difficult. David Malcolm takes a look through three recent attempts.

Whatever happened to the promise of online learning?

Online learning advocates have always made big promises and sweeping statements – but more than 20 years on where are we? Richard Garrett of OBHE takes a global look at the myths and realities of online learning.

Spaces that inspire

In an article adapted from the University Alliance “Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching”, Mike Clark and Stan Stanier from the University of Brighton survey the latest trends in estates development.

The canary in the mine

In this instalment of our HE Futures series, Jenny Shaw of Unite looks at how 2014 predictions about the sector in 2034 are shaping up three years on.

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.

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.

Why do we forget the future matters?

In the first instalment of our HE Futures series, Alister Wilson highlights just how difficult it can be for an organisation to properly focus on the future.

What about public goods in higher education?

“It is notable that high fees reduce both the net private benefits and the public benefits of higher education.” – Simon Marginson lays out some of the economic arguments for a sector finance rethink.

In defence of independent learning

With contact hours and teaching intensity in the forefront of policymaking, has the argument for independent learning been lost? George Roberts thinks not.

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.