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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.

Is there still a role for validation?

Yes, answers the OU’s Phil Berry, who argues that a validation arrangement can benefit alternative HE and established universities – serving to build a better quality sector.

Time to open the door on sector diversity

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.

On senior pay, the ball is in the sector’s court

OfS Chair Sir Michael Barber encourages the sector to get their house in order regarding value for money, as he looks towards the formal existence of the new sector regulator in the new year.

The OfS should make university governance a top priority

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.

Beyond metrics: An open letter to Sir Michael Barber

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.

You only get what you pay for. Or do you?

Following a recent ruling by the CMA, Jim Dickinson argues that students are quite right to demand value for money, a decent amount of contact hours, and a fairer service all round.

The ancient argument, royal charters and universities

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.

Prudence and privilege in the HE Bill debate

The current battles in the Lords may secure some constructive amendments to the HE Bill, but it would be politically unwise for the upper house to completely scupper the legislation.

Quality assessment through the looking glass

Following HEFCE publishing its next steps for quality assessment, Gordon McKenzie looks at how far the new system aligns with the Government’s priorities for quality and regulation in HE.

Redress must be at the heart of future HE regulation

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.

Green Paper calls in the architects

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.

Balancing the future of the quality 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.

A tale of two quality systems?

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.