The image of an ivory tower presents universities set apart from their surrounds yet most are physically, socially, culturally economically and environmentally present within cities, towns and neighbourhoods.
Tears are often shed over the increased separation between teaching and research in modern universities and the death of the Humboldtian ideal, but have we asked ourselves hard enough questions about why?
Following the publication of the government’s new Industrial Strategy, Tony Strike looks at what it is trying to achieve and the arguments – old and new – that have shaped skills policy in recent years.
TEF still lacks clarity about what it wants to measure and what it is trying to achieve, argues Colette Cherry. Should it move away from being an outcomes focused exercise to a process driven one, or does it simply need a rebrand?
Institutions are finally implementing strategies to tackle the black and ethnic minority attainment gap. Helen Barefoot from the University of Hertfordshire and Nona McDuff from Kingston University explain what they are doing.
In all the discussion about the Teaching Excellence Framework, the voice of teachers is getting lost. What can the HE sector learn from schools and their more organic and vibrant community shaping their future?