Private schools, LEO, REF, free speech

This week on the show we discuss the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission’s report on the educational backgrounds of Britain’s leaders and what the findings suggest about social mobility. We look at LEO, analyse an exercise reviewing the Research Excellence Framework, and take stock of where the sector is with the debate over free speech.

With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham; Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE and Director of Policy, IDP Connect; and Wonkhe’s own Arthi Nachiappan.

Items this week:

  • Sutton Trust/Social Mobility Commission report
  • FT long read on Oxford and the Tory leadership election
  • HEPI report on free speech
  • Real-time REF review article on Wonkhe

Some academics get paid a lot of money – and we think that might be in places that have a lot of money saved up. So for each provider we’ve compared the percentage of academic staff that earn more than sixty thousand pounds with institutional reserves at 31st July 2018. Do you need lots of savings to pay big salaries? Does it correlate?

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