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Deliverology in, out and around the university

As Michael Barber starts his tenure as Chair of the Office of Students, David Morris reviews his recent writing on universities, policymaking and government, to unpick what his approach might be.

Creating a level playing field not as easy as it looks

The Higher Education and Research Bill has been heralded by Jo Johnson as a game changer for the fortunes of alternative providers, but there are still many barriers to sector entry, as Catherine Boyd has found out.

Growing concerns over blueprint for UKRI and research

There are growing grumbles about UKRI and the Higher Education and Research Bill’s proposals for the research landscape. James Wilsdon unpicks the concerns and grumbles and sets out how they might influence the debate as Parliament gears up for the debate.

Another false dawn for Grade Point Averages?

The Green Paper and White Paper differ markedly on their enthusiasm for GPA. Martin Hewitt wonders if there might be alternatives to a complete overhaul of degree classification.

Universities no longer for ever?

Read between the lines of the HE Bill and you might find the OfS can revoke university titles as well as award them. Mike Ratcliffe investigates what this might mean particularly for ancient universities.

Higher education bills we’ve known and loved

With the forthcoming Higher Education and Research Bill now announced, we make a brief survey of legislation that has shaped higher education over the past decades of reform and debate.

The challengers (and challenges) in higher education market reform

The government’s new White Paper on higher education heralds a shakeup to the HE market with new ‘challenger institutions’ set to proliferate. Andrew McGettigan reviews the paper, it’s new measures for reform and all the problems with its approach.

Peace in our time? The other future of quality assessment

HEFCE unexpectedly announced the outcome of their quality tender on Friday, giving the lion’s share of the work to QAA. And with a White Paper out today that has a thing or two to say about quality, we ask: are the quality wars over?

TEF: learning from schools and hospitals

In a report published today by HEPI, Louisa Darian looks at what we can learn from schools and hospitals as the Government continues the design of the TEF.

New providers, new analogy

With the Green Paper indicating that the Government is seeking to further break down barriers to entry for private providers, Mike Ratcliffe tries to compare apples and oranges. Or Byron and McDonalds. Or chalk and cheese. Pick your own analogy, wonks.

Beyond conspiracy: Why TEF plus fees may drive efficiency

The debate about the TEF’s impending link to fees has caused widespread debate in the sector, but what if this measure was interpreted differently – as a measure of inflation ? Gordon McKenzie wonders about the funding choices universities will have to take if the Green Paper proposals are implemented.

Green Paper: proposed changes to legislation

The many different measures in the HE Green Paper amount to several changes to primary and secondary legislation. Dennis Farrington gives an authoritative assessment on the changes as set out, and their implications for law.

Three muddles that will undermine the TEF

Higher education professor Paul Ashwin sets out three muddles in the design of the TEF as set out in the Green Paper, which will undermine some of the good aspects of what the policy is trying to achieve.