The sector is diverse, but it could offer more choices of delivery methods to support the needs of a wider range of learners. Paul Feldman of Jisc, a member of the Higher Education Commission, introduces their recent report.
Many of the criticism’s recently levelled at universities could be fixed with improved governance, but will the new regulator be sufficiently ambitious to ensure reform? Jim Dickinson suggests some ways forward.
The new Welsh Government on White Paper on reforming regulation and encouraging more dynamic partnerships in the post-compulsory education sector is to be welcomed, says Universities Wales chair Colin Riordan.
The new OfS Chair is famous as a disciple of the Third Way in public services. Shân Wareing makes a plea for the future of HE regulation to adhere to the Fourth Way, a less metrics driven and more inclusive approach.
Alex Proudfoot makes the case for the Office for Students to be the ‘validator of last resort’ in the Higher Education and Research Bill, in order to ensure further high quality new entrants to the higher education market.
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.
There has been a remarkable contrast between Scottish universities’ approaches to the independence and Brexit referendums. Lucy Hunter Blackburn asks whether continued constitutional strain will cost the sector its autonomy.
Mark Leach takes a first look at HEFCE’s new Quality Asessment system and framework – which sets out a great change to the system. But is it too much or too little given the Government’s own plan for quality and regulation in HE?
Following the Green Paper’s proposals to create an Office for Students, Jim Dickinson argues that the sector and the government will need to go much further if they intend to properly protect students, and give them a voice.
With the Green Paper merging HE bodies and putting others at risk, Gordon McKenzie asks some important unanswered questions about how the architecture of the new system will come together, protecting the best elements of the today’s system.
Alongside QAA’s response to the Quality Assessment Review, Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development, shares thoughts on the ongoing process, and asks questions about how a Teaching Excellence Framework might work.
As HEFCE publish their long awaiting consultation on the future of quality assessment, Mark Leach revisits the proposals, the debates around them, the early sector reaction and a muddled relationship with the emerging Teaching Excellence Framework.