This week on the podcast the panel reflects on a new report on the experience of disabled students in higher education.
There is also discussion on the HE “market” and new providers, the diversity of HE governing bodies and Conservative party conference.
With Ian Dunn, Provost at Coventry University and Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club.
Items this week
- How quickly can you start up a new higher education provider in England? In certain circumstances, less than four months. David Kernohan explores a curious anomaly.
- Former universities minister Chris Skidmore introduces the Higher Education Commission’s report on the experiences of disabled students.
- The government’s higher technical agenda appears to offer a golden opportunity for modern universities. Debbie McVitty weighs up the pros and cons.
- The government has taken the bold and right course on skills, argues Josie Cluer. But questions remain about implementation of the lifetime skills guarantee.
In data analysis it is always fun to do things you are told not to, so I thought I’d compare Graduate Outcomes data with the most recent DLHE data set. I’m looking at graduates from all UG programmes in full time employment and/or further study by provider, but remember I am looking (for DLHE) at data collected 6 months after graduation, and (for Graduate Outcomes) 18 months afterwards.
But is there a correlation between the official statistics for 16-17, and those for 17-18. Does it correlate?
Surprisingly, the answer is no. R squared is 0.035, so almost no correlation. There’s lots of reasons why this might be – a different survey with a different collection methodology after all – but the graph is fascinating. Overwhelmingly, the shift to the graduate outcomes methodology flatters the Russell Group in comparison to the rest of the sector – but in nearly all cases providers do worse in Graduate Outcomes than in DLHE on this measure. Data is from HESA, and where the data doesn’t exist in both measures, I’ve not plotted it.
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