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Setting standards on student security and wellbeing

Troubling news about universities’ record on student safety and sexual violence has become all-too-common, but we need to start focusing on the good work that institutions are doing to tackle it. Lucy Winrow introduces ProtectED, a new accreditation scheme.

Family capital, retention and student wellbeing

Students rely heavily on their parents for emotional, financial and career support throughout their time at university. Jenny Shaw ponders the consequences for those involved in widening participation and retention.

Liberal-minded students could swing the EU vote

Analysis of students’ voting preferences attitudes confirms what many of us already know: the student vote will be vital to Remain’s chances of success in the EU referendum. Adam Wright shows how.

Malia Bouattia’s tactics will define her leadership of NUS

Last week’s election of Malia Bouattia as the next President of the National Union of Students has split the commentariat. Debbie McVitty looks to the year ahead for the student movement and what Bouattia’s presidency might mean for NUS.

Estrangement, the hidden disadvantage

Jenny Shaw of Unite Students looks at a new report from Stand Alone and the Unite Foundation which gives the first comprehensive overview of the vulnerability of estranged students.

A call for transparency in university admissions

Angela Nartey, policy officer at the University and College Union, takes a look at their new report which suggests an overhaul of the university application system using actual grades rather than predicted.

Public trust and the higher education ombudsman

Ten years after its founding, OIA’s chief executive Rob Behrens reflects on the role of the independent adjudicator in higher education – and all the sector has learned about complaints and public trust in universities.

Labour set to win the student vote

Mark Leach looks at the final YouthSight poll of student voting intentions ahead of the General Election. Labour are set to win the student vote, with the Conservatives coming in 2nd place.

Fees, austerity and war: understanding the student vote

In the week that the Labour Party is expected to set out its plans for higher education after the General Election, Adam Wright explores the student vote, how it maps against wider social trends and looks at how and why student support for the Green party may impact Labour in May.

Policy failures in higher education: reflecting on ELQs

In the first of a new series looking at policy failure in and around higher education, David Malcolm reflects on the legacy of the controversial government decision to cease funding for Equivalent and Lower Qualifications (ELQs). How and why it came about, what effect it had on students and the sector, the debates it sparked in policymaking, as well as a look at what the future might hold for this unpopular policy.

Closing the complaints gap in higher education

Following the second report from Which? on students’ experiences of higher education, Louisa Darian, Policy Adviser at Which? talks about students as consumers alongside the complaints at higher education institutions and explores the ways in which the system could improve.

A degree of value?

Jim Dickinson reviews a new report published by Which? – the consumer rights organisation which offers a fresh insight in to students’ views of their experience of higher education and their relationship with universities, further moving the debate around consumerism and the market.

The 1994 Education Act and students’ unions

It is now twenty years since the 1994 Education Act, an important moment for students’ unions and the higher education sector at large. Much has changed since, both inside the student movement and outside where perceptions of students and representation has been constantly evolving. Alex Bols takes a look at the last 20 years of evolution and how it might inform the next 20 years of students’ unions.