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Briefing Report 437 UUK -- The future of degree apprenticeships

Briefing Report 437 UUK -- The future of degree apprenticeships

Briefing Report 436 - UUK - Assessing the impact of the Augar Review - Estimating the impact on the Exchequer, Higher Education Institutions, students and graduates

Briefing Report 436 - UUK - Assessing the impact of the Augar Review - Estimating the impact on the Exchequer, Higher Education Institutions, students and graduates

Briefing Report 435 Advance HE-HEPI - The 2019 Student Academic Experience Survey

Briefing Report 435 Advance HE-HEPI - The 2019 Student Academic Experience Survey

Briefing Report 434 UUKi - Gone International - Rising Aspirations

Briefing Report 434 UUKi - Gone International - Rising Aspirations

Briefing Report 433 DFE - Independent panel report to the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Briefing Report 433 DFE - Independent panel report to the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Briefing Report 432 HEPI - Pressure Vessels - The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff

Briefing Report 432 HEPI - Pressure Vessels - The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff

Briefing Report 431 HEPI Measuring well-being in higher education

Briefing Report 431 HEPI Measuring well-being in higher education

HE Insight Paper 35 - Sector update on the TEF

HE Insight Paper 35 - Sector update on the TEF

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With calls for a post-qualification admissions system, greater transparency around unconditional university offers, and the need for a more ambitious contextual admissions strategy – is the current admissions process fit for purpose or is it ready for a refresh? June Hughes, University of Derby Secretary and Registrar, discusses the complexity of the university system.
As the latest Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) results are published, Sue Reece, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at Staffordshire University, says the efforts her institution made to move up from a Silver to a Gold award were worth it, despite flaws in the TEF methodology.
Universities awarded funding as part of a large-scale programme to tackle hate crime and sexual harassment on campus have made good progress, an evaluation of the scheme has concluded.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has urged the Office for Students to adopt “ambitious” new measures “in order to tackle risks to the world class quality of higher education” in the UK.
The most internationally engaged "open border" universities perform best in the quality of their education, research impact, and knowledge transfer, according to U-Multirank, which has published its latest set of global rankings.
The Augar review panel was right to highlight under-funding of further education, but addressing this should not mean cuts in the higher education budget, argues Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB).
Philip Augar
As the sector begins to respond to the report from the post-18 education and funding review panel headed by Philip Augar, HEi-know asked three HE leaders for their initial impressions. Sir Peter Scott, professor of higher education studies at UCL's Institute of Education and former Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University; Dr Rhiannon Birch, head of planning and research at Sheffield University; and Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University all offered their thoughts.
Universities in Scotland are making “good progress” towards widening access targets set by the Scottish government, according to a new report.
As university leaders anxiously await the Augar review report, Paul Feldman, Chief Executive of Jisc, reflects on this and other HE news this week and looks further ahead at how technology may help the sector address some of the key issues it faces.
Berlin Congress Centre -- venue for Going Global
A major international conference considered the digital revolution and its transformation of higher education, society, and the way technology affects the creation and use of knowledge.
The government should rule out variable fees and restricting university access for lower grade students, according to a new report.
Fundraising added more than £1 billion to the coffers of universities in the UK and Ireland last year, new research shows. Sue Cunningham, President and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) argues that the findings point to the growing importance of philanthropy for the future health and vitality of the sector.
Mike Boxall, who has thirty years' experience as a consultant and commentator on strategic developments in higher and further education, finds evidence in recent news of growing and worrying divisions within UK higher education.
Professor Edward Peck, NTU VC
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, outlines strategies adopted by NTU that are boosting social mobility and which helped it win the inaugural Guardian University of the Year award, a gong he believes shows how notions of excellence in HE are changing.
News on higher education over the past week highlights an urgent need for the sector to get to grips with ethical issues that have a bearing on the way it is managed and governed, argues Sandra Booth, Director of Policy and External Relations at Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD).
UK universities will face greater financial pressure over the next three years due to rising staff costs as they accommodate more students, retain talent and negotiate pay rises,  Moody's has warned.
Earnings of people achieving higher-level vocational qualifications in STEM subjects can exceed those of people who pursued the same subjects at a university level, a study has concluded.
In a week when the country was even more focussed on Brexit than usual, other issues were preoccupying higher education, finds Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, reflects on a week of higher education news.
The future is digital – but how can HEIs best embrace technology to benefit staff and students? Phil Richards, chief innovation officer at Jisc, outlines key ideas and suggestions that emerged from the organisation’s Digifest event.
Data and learning analytics are like "gold dust" in higher education, and the sector cannot afford to put advances in this area on pause, argues Graham Cooper, Head of Education at Capita Education Software Solutions.
The use of big data to improve the student experience is a rich seam that universities are increasingly mining. In this Good Practice Briefing, HEi-know looks at a variety of approaches that have been taken by eight universities to collect and make use of data to enhance learning, and provide better support and feedback for students.
Dave Hall, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Leicester, finds the long-running argument over whether higher education's primary purpose is utilitarian or more holistic continues to dominate debate in the media on developments in the sector.
The Royal Statistical Society has warned that the Teaching Excellence Framework is misleading thousands of students by failing to meet the standards of trustworthiness, quality and value that the public might expect.
Derby -- best city for graduates
New analysis by Prospects reveals which UK cities offer the best value for money for graduates taking their first steps on the career ladder.
This week’s news for once truly mirrors the issues focusing minds in HE, finds Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute.
Parents are more likely to advise their child to go to university than take a degree-level apprenticeship, with middle-class parents more likely than poorer parents to offer this advice, according to new research.
The Office for Students has announced it is to fund an “impact and evidence” centre to help universities meet tough new targets to eliminate equality gaps in two decades.
Policy decisions now could lead to big changes in the future for higher education, suggests Stephen Isherwood, chief executive of the Institute of Student Employers.
The past week’s higher education news demonstrates that there are certain expectations of universities that policymakers, HE leaders and the Augar review are expected to address, says Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council and Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push .
Civic University Commission chair Lord Kerslake
Leaders of thirty universities have signed a Civic University Agreement, reaffirming their institution's commitment to their local communities by pledging to put the economy and quality of life in their home towns and cities at the top of their list of priorities.
From this September, students will be able to opt to study an accelerated two year degree, as opposed to a traditional three year course. Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby, discusses why universities should consider the change in legislation and look to offer accelerated degrees.
Jenny Shaw , Student Experience Director at Unite Students, draws lessons on the higher education sector's efforts to improve the student experience from a week of HE news and views.
Research England has selected 21 English universities to take part in a pilot Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which will run between February and May 2019.
As concerns grow over students’ mental health, undergraduate Alice Wright highlights some of the realities of being a university ‘fresher’ and the problems that she says universities are largely ignoring - including unsafe drinking habits, loneliness and a lack of belonging.
Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Staffordshire, reflects on the messages arising from a week of higher education news.
Higher education leaders must be ready to think ahead and resist the temptation to respond only to short term changes in the current turbulent policy environment, says Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute.
A "worrying convergence" of challenges is threatening the vital role of higher education in supporting the UK's engineering sector, warns a new report.
Thousands of students could be denied government funding to study abroad if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, Universities UK has warned.
Feeling blue? It must be January in higher education
Brexit woes and the other "B", Blue Monday, set the tone for a week of HE news and views in which unconditional offers, support for disabled students, and freedom of speech struck a chord for Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE.
Do unconditional offers amount to "pressure selling"?
The Office for Students has increased pressure on universities to halt the “dramatic” rise in unconditional offers, particularly those with “strings attached”.
Brexit is unlikely to affect the demand for graduates or halt an upward trend in the number of graduate jobs, some of the UK's largest employers have said.
As higher education changes to meet a growing number of challenges, so the role of registrar has evolved and become more complex, observes Graham Cooper, Head of Education at Capita Education Software Solutions. A White Paper from Media FHE and Capita is the latest of a number of reports that show the range of responsibilities and issues registrars are now expected to take on, and how they feel about them.
With Brexit inevitably dominating the headlines this week, Rhiannon Birch, Director of Planning and Insight at the University of Sheffield, looks at what else was also making news in higher education.
Universities are preparing for a “no-deal” Brexit by flying students back to the UK early, trying to secure supply chains and identifying contingency funds to cover unexpected scenarios.
Professor Jon Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience at the University of Leicester, picks out the dominant themes in higher education news of the past week.
Research England has published a consultation document outlining how the Knowledge Exchange Framework could work, and invited universities to take part in a pilot of the proposed system.
Still very much in fashion: art and design at Coventry University
Recent reports on graduate earnings and value for money in higher education have suggested that those studying art and design are losing out, and there is speculation that the Augar review could recommend lowering the tuition fees cap for such programmes. But HE art and design leaders warn that a range of important factors, from more accurate information on graduate earnings and opportunities to the value of art and design industries to the UK economy, are in danger of being ignored or missed.
UK Research and Innovation has announced a "pioneering and ambitious new approach" to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges through a £200 million investment across 12 global research Hubs.
The higher education agency Advance HE has announced six new board members and the formation of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
The University of Leicester is to receive £50,000 funding to support the design of a Low-Cost Access to Space facility at Space Park Leicester -- an initiative to create a global hub and collaborative community for businesses, researchers and academia based on space and space-enabled technologies.
The University of Sheffield is to lead three major research projects exploring the long-term governance implications of Brexit.