The USS pension fund deficit is not exactly news, but the latest round of headlines only adds to the stink of intergenerational unfairness that surrounds universities. Ant Bagshaw unpicks the numbers and the politics.
No sooner has the Higher Education and Research Act been passed, it is now time to turn our thoughts towards implementation. Sarah Stevens of the Russell Group sets out some priority matters for the new Office for Students.
The ‘binary divide’ between universities and polytechnics proved to be unsustainable, but the challenges it created are still with us today. Mike Ratcliffe evaluates the 1992 Act’s background and legacy.
Both universities and the BBC have struggled to define themselves as public bodies as marketisation takes hold. Former BBC strategist Martin Vogel asks what higher education may learn from the Beeb’s travails.
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.