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The big Budget choices that the Chancellor faces

Gordon McKenzie, CEO of GuildHE and former civil servant remembers what Budget week is like inside a government department – and details the difficult conversations that the Chancellor will be having this week.

Is there evidence for bias in admissions?

UCAS has been working with the higher education sector to explore minimising the risks to fair admission from unconscious bias. Ben Jordan, a senior policy executive at UCAS, writes about some positive findings during two years of research.

We need fairer fees

Peter Lampl of the Sutton Trust urges the Chancellor to consider a new approach to tuition fees.

What are words worth?

Seasoned communication professional Ezri Carlebach demonstrates why language matters.

Are business schools fit for the future?

Simon Collinson explores the future of business education, as part of a collection celebrating twenty-five years of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Smarter R&D investment

Athene Donald explains how the promised increase in R&D investment should be spent, as part of a campaign by the Royal Society and other learned societies.

Why we wonk – a case study

Andy Westwood lifts the lid on the satisfyingly wonkish work of the Industrial Strategy Commission, and finds a set of reasons for doing what wonks do.

Finding your future focus

Is your university strategy fit for the future? It depends which future, explains Simon Hooton.

Academic credit – unfinished business?

Credit transfer frameworks are once again making policy waves. Mark Atlay and Wayne Turnbull from the UK Credit Forum explain the current state of the art.

Open research data is key to open science

As Open Access Week comes to a close, Jisc’s Caroline Ingram looks at the potential of open research data as a means to improve the practice of science.

The culture wars and a tale of two letters

As universities hit the news, for all the wrong reasons, Mark Leach and Louis Coiffait argue that the sector needs to be alive to the coming culture wars and respond in kind.

A radical librarian writes

Radical Librarians are “censoring student reading”, according to a recent newspaper report. Kevin Sanders set out what librarians actually do in universities, and why enhancing metadata is a long way from censorship.

Futures? It’s not rocket science

If you are interested in futures thinking, Alister Wilson explains that that you need to start with what you want to get out of it. This is the latest in our HE futures series.

Why student loans are a confidence trick for the 85%

A small number of students, by accident of birth, experience free tuition. Danny Dorling ponders what young people who pay their fees up front can tell us about the design of the current student finance system.

Supporting international students

Induction is just the start of the support journey for international students. Anne Lee of OIA makes the case for a more holistic approach.

Trump that: what we can learn from US higher education

One Scot, four English, a Welshman, three Australians, two Chileans, a German, a Panamanian and six Americans went to Washington DC and Philadelphia to learn more about the US HE system. Tom Kellie reports back.

Wonkery in the media

The way wonkish stories are covered in the media presents issues for those trying to foster a deeper understanding of the way the HE sector works. Arthi Nachiappan suggests a path through Wonkfest for those who want to improve their media skills.

Innovation in teaching: tidy is good; so is untidy

In his contribution to the University Alliance collection “Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching,” Sir Michael Barber revisits a favourite regulatory metaphor around landscape gardening.

Graduate wellbeing and the transition to work

On World Mental Health Day (10th October 2017) Student Minds published a report on the well-being of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.

Understanding degree algorithms

A Universities UK/GuildHE report explores how a student’s final degree classification is arrived at, with the aim of improving transparency and accountability. Samuel Roseveare explains more.

In defence of modern universities

With calls to return to the binary divide once again heard, Matthew Taylor offers an appreciation of just how good modern universities are at forging connections.