Financial forecasts, cybersecurity, apps

OfS has finally published its assessment of English providers’ finances – and the forecasts look shaky. Our guests discuss the implications, along with a new report on cybersecurity, and another on the value of vocational degrees. Plus Chris Skidmore calls App Britain!, our correlation quiz and more Hidden History of HE.

With Johnny Rich, CEO of Push and the Engineering Professors’ Council; Julia Clarke, Pro VC at Manchester Metropolitan; and Wonkhe’s Editor Debbie McVitty.

Items this week:

  • OfS report on sector finances and forecasts
  • Higher vocational education can lead to better earnings than degrees, NIESR/CVER research reveals
  • HEPI/Jisc report on Cyber Security
  • The Department for Education’s new apps to help applicants

For our correlation quiz we’re trying to discredit an old chestnut – the idea that providers that recruit proportionally more full time first degree students over the age of 21 are more likely to see these same students achieve a good degree. We’ve plotted the percentage of student intake over the age of 21 for one year against the proportion of students over 21 that attained a first class or 2:1 degree.

Yes, but does it correlate?

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