PODCAST: Return to campus, Augar, Black History Month

This week on the podcast we check in on the return to campus and the fallout from student self-isolation that’s been dominating all the press coverage.

This week on the show we check in on the return to campus and the fallout from student self-isolation that’s been dominating all the press coverage.

We also discuss the government’s partial response to the Augar review, the start of Black History Month and there’s a look at student discipline on Hidden History.

Presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe CEO with Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton; Joe Cooper, Deputy Director, HR and Service Transformation at Imperial College London; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor Wonkhe.

Items this week

Correlate

This week I was charmed to see Michael Goodier in the New Statesment argue that there was a correlation between student neighbourhoods and Covid-19 cases. But does it stack up? I plotted last weeks Covid cases against students in term time residence for Lower Super Output Areas in England – the same data that underpins my dashboard on Wonkhe. Because of limitations in public data, I’m only looking at LSOAs with more than 2 cases of Covid-19. But is there a correlation?

On a national level, there is no correlation. R squared is 0.03. You can get a better correlation by looking at certain areas – Coventry, for example, gives you a correlation of 0.9, but this is entirely down to a skew caused by an outbreak at Warwick. Data is from the Jisc Tailored data service and Public Health England.  As always where the data doesn’t exist I’ve not plotted it.

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