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Student transfers: should I stay or should I go?

To students, credit transfer is primarily conceived of as a student welfare issue – allowing those with unexpected changes in their personal circumstances to continue their studies. Tony Strike of the University of Sheffield introduces us to the research.

Academic credit – unfinished business?

Credit transfer frameworks are once again making policy waves. Mark Atlay and Wayne Turnbull from the UK Credit Forum explain the current state of the art.

Give him credit? Course switching gets a nudge

As Jo Johnson launches a renewed push to ‘encourage’ universities to start a proper system of credit transfer, Ant Bagshaw reviews the history of this old idea and the current proposals on the table.

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.

Wayne Turnbull

Wayne Turnbull is Head of Academic Policy at Liverpool John Moores University.  He is a Director of the Northern Universities Consortium (NUCCAT) a forum for higher education practitioners with an interest in the design, implementation and regulation of credit-based curriculum and its implications for the student experience and progression.  He is Co-chair of the UK Credit Forum, monitoringdevelopments in the higher education sector pertaining to the awarding of credit, credit transfer, the operation of modular frameworks and their underpinning regulation.

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.

Is Britain’s university system really a timebomb?

Mike Ratcliffe defuses that UK2020 report, and offers a critique of the way it has been constructed. He argues that we need to address these arguments, despite their low quality, as they are continuing to catch the attention of the media.

Yet more forgotten bands of higher education

Our HE music archivists have done some more digging around and come up with yet more of those forgotten bands of higher education, including Henry Nu-man, Tier 4, The Degree Apprentices, and Freedom of Speech.

Johnson revs up plans for fast-track degrees

Accelerated degrees are not a new idea, but Jo Johnson has put them firmly back on the agenda in the last week, launching a renewed funding drive and tweaks to the funding system to enable them. If universities are interested in offering this form of provision.

Creating a level playing field not as easy as it looks

The Higher Education and Research Bill has been heralded by Jo Johnson as a game changer for the fortunes of alternative providers, but there are still many barriers to sector entry, as Catherine Boyd has found out.

The challengers (and challenges) in higher education market reform

The government’s new White Paper on higher education heralds a shakeup to the HE market with new ‘challenger institutions’ set to proliferate. Andrew McGettigan reviews the paper, it’s new measures for reform and all the problems with its approach.

Let’s get down to fundamentals

Behind these headlines, Wonkhe has been thinking about some of the key nudges in the White Paper which could have a significant impact on the basic building blocks of the university.

Does UK HE have a retention problem?

In the second of a series of events hosted jointly by Wonkhe and UPP Foundation, an expert panel considered the knotty retention in higher education on 23 March at King’s College London. The panel, chaired by UPP Foundation’s Richard Brabner, was: Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive at Independent HE Ross Renton, Pro-Vice Chancellor Students at the… read more

Industrial strategy: a small step, or giant leap?

Universities have a vital role in fixing the UK’s recent failures in improving business research and development. Richard Jones analyses the wider context behind the recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.