The £3,000 fee paying generation is just hitting the height of its repayments, well before the £9,000 hit theirs. David Morris argues that it’s their political impact that is being felt most in the tuition fees debate.
The Prime Minister already looks set to return to Downing Street with an increased majority and a domestic policy programme of her own. Where do universities fit in Mayism, and the ‘May’ general election?
With the debate over international students front and centre of the HE Bill’s endgame in Parliament, Ant Bagshaw argues that the political debate over the issue has too often missed the nuance of the policy.
A new book analysing the political divide between ‘Somewheres’ and ‘Anywheres’ puts universities at the heart of its argument. David Morris looks at higher education’s role in the new politics of identity.
The Article 50 countdown clock has begun, and it’ll be over before you know it. David Morris looks at how the UK university sector will be intensely dependent on ‘high’ politics and diplomacy for the next two years.
Following the Adam Smith Institute’s appalling and sinister new report into so-called left wing bias in UK HE, Aidan Byrne bravely steps into the twisted world of the author in an attempt to unpick a report which has had so much media attention.
The science and research community must take a critical look at itself to take the fight to the post-facts, anti-scientific world. Rolf Tarrach, former President of the University of Luxembourg, lays down the challenge.
If an institution is not functioning properly or meeting regulatory requirements, why should an ancient charter exempt them from possible closure or intervention? Catherine Boyd looks a the furore over Royal Charters.
A new GuildHE report shows that social action and active citizenship are an important aspect of higher education. Joy Carter argues that universities must actively demonstrate their social value and the power of community action by staff and students.
The Commons Education Select Committee is conducting its first higher education inquiry on Brexit. Committee chair Neil Carmichael MP explains why it is vital for the sector to support the inquiry in order to hold the government to account.
As the Higher Education and Research Bill reaches the end of its journey in the House of Commons, Universities Minister Jo Johnson explains why the government has amended the Bill and looks at what’s next.
Liberal academia was in meltdown following the election of Donald Trump, but Martin McQuillan argues that universities need to look beyond despair and ensure that our values outlast Trump’s unwelcome presidency.
Following the government’s strong indication that they will seek to make it harder for international students to come to the UK, David Morris argues that it’s time to look beyond this week’s battles if a livable settlement is to be reached.
As the Conservative Party Conference draws to a close in Birmingham, Martin McQuillan considers a torrid few days for universities – as the party spent a week lining up a nightmare vision for before and after Brexit.
The Labour Party conference has come to an end and the HE wonks that were there have headed home. Despite the awkwardness, Martin McQuillan stayed in the house during the family domestic to get a grip on The World Transformed.