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The Green Paper and devolution

Although the Green Paper is a Westminster government consultation on English HE, the implications for the devolved administrations mount up rapidly. For the wonk based in Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast this is not a consultation to be treated as a foreign curiosity.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Previewing this week’s Emergency Budget, Andy Westwood assesses George Osborne’s long-term economic plan, the short-term pressures on spending, and the grand Northern Powerhouse narrative that will likely shape the legacy of this uniquely powerful Chancellor.

A critical moment for the quality debate

With debates about the future of quality in UK higher education hotting up behind the scenes, Mark Leach looks at the forthcoming HEFCE consultation and the potential huge implications that it has for the sector and how it is regulated, as well as for the future quality assurance itself.

General Election: what next for universities?

The UK wakes up this morning to a defacto Conservative majority, leaving decimation amongst the Liberal Democrats and Labour Party. But what happens now for our universities?

Policy and funding across borders

Following a recent HEPI report on the issue, Peter Halligan writes on the Welsh perspective of student mobility across the UK and the right of Welsh-domiciled students to take their student fee grant when studying elsewhere in the UK.

£6,000 fees: unanswered questions

As the dust settles on the Labour announcement that they would lower fees to £6,000 next year, Julian Gravatt looks in detail at the policy and asks ten questions on funding, regulation and policy that are raised by the promise of lower fees.

New federalism and UK higher education

Continuing his series on regulation and higher education, Andrew Boggs looks at the implications for UK HE from the renewed focussed on creating a federal UK following the Scottish Independence Referendum. Devolution poses many challenges for policymakers, and for higher education the implications are enormous. But with great challenges, comes interesting opportunities for the sector to draw on international experiences and recast relationships with the nations that they are a part of, as well as with the United Kingdom.

White Paper, Wales and the Weather

It’s not just the torrential rain and gales that have hit university campuses and rattled Vice Chancellor’s whisky cabinets across Wales over recent weeks and months – the whirlwind reform and restructuring in higher education demanded by the Welsh Government and HEFCW also took its toll. But the publication last week of the Government’s White Paper on Further & Higher Education had the effect of bringing some calm to the storm.