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£6bn package for science and innovation

Today the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) unveiled their Science and Innovation strategy. This sets out the Government’s priorities for investment and support up to to 2021. A total of £5.9billion capital is committed to support science and innovation from 2016-21.

A game of risk

Regulation is all about managing risk – how well do the proposals in the regulatory consultation do that? David Kernohan sees an uncomfortable financial parallel…

Be it enacted: The Higher Education and Research Act

The Higher Education and Research Bill has now been approved by both the Commons and Lords, and the Queen. Finally, we have a Higher Education and Research Act. We round up the major provisions and the best of Wonkhe’s coverage.

BIS failed to heed warnings about HE privatisation

A report released today by the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) strongly criticises the government for disregarding warnings about the dangers of vast sums of public money being given to for-profit higher education colleges.

Budget 2015: loans for PhD and masters students

Today’s 2015 budget announces loans of £25,000 for masters and PhD students as part of a package from the government to “broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate researchers”. We round up the highlights for HE and science from the government’s last Budget before the coming General Election.

Calls for new lead regulator to replace HEFCE

Universities UK (UUK) call for reform to higher education regulation proposing a new lead regulator, ‘the Council for Higher Education England’ (CHEE). The report also calls for a new register for higher education providers and more protection of student interest.

CMA compliance advice for HEIs

The Competition and Markets Authority has published draft compliance advice for higher education providers in relation to consumer protection legislation. It covers the whole of the UK, the whole of the sector and the whole gamut of provision, and sets up a range of potentially important legal battles for the future. Mark Leach takes a look at its highlights.

Cold spots rebooted

In 2008, the then Secretary of State at DIUS John Denham announced his ‘university challenge’ to plug the ‘cold spots’ of HE provision in England. The idea was to create HE ‘centres’ in partnership rather than brand new universities, although the media widely reported it as “Croydon planning to join Cambridge as a university town” etc. Today the idea makes a (sort of) return.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

Anyone that thought there wasn’t enough HE legislative action in this Parliament might be forgiven for suffering from some whiplash the last couple of weeks following the action over the Consumer Protection Bill and now today’s Counter Terrorism and Security Bill introduced to Parliament by Theresa May. Following the introduction of this Bill to Parliament… read more

Credit worthy

Team Wonkhe decided to get a head start on newly-reopened debate about credit accumulation and transfer. We know it’s an old debate, and seen as a fringe interest by proponents of a Schengen-style borderless higher education world.

DLHE: professional employment on the rise

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) have released their 2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, providing an insight to what graduates are doing six months after graduation.

DLHE: three quarters of graduates in employment

This year’s annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom report from HESA finds that this year’s annual 71 percent of 2013/14 UK and EU leavers were working either in the UK or overseas six months after graduation.