It’s the end of term at Wonkhe towers but the policy train is still trundling along, and so on the podcast we’re discussing everything from Brexit, to a glut of paperwork from the Office for Students, UCAS figures and the dramatic return of the Free Speech University Rankings.
Plus not one but two special musical interludes.
With Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First and Head of the Education Practice, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wobnkher and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach.
Items this week
- An exercise in assessing the culture (wars) on campus has been revived for Christmas 2020. Jim Dickinson sorts the reds from the greens.
- Jim Dickinson argues that the only way to treat students fairly during the pandemic is to ensure a big batch of grade inflation.
- Normality reigns in the first release of end-of-cycle data from the UCAS 2020 cycle. But David Kernohan has spotted something curious about prediction.
- The 2020 admissions cycle was full of anxiety and challenge but, as Sarah Barr Miller and Rich O’Kelly set out, the UCAS End of Cycle data shows demand for HE remained strong.
- What should universities and students tell the universities regulator – and why? Jim Dickinson goes looking for answers in five new documents from OfS.
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