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Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

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The latest proposals for making the student funding system fairer, in a new report from the Sutton Trust, show how contradictory policies can arise out of social mobility objectives, warns Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute.
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Tuition fee “top-ups” paid to universities by the government and vouchers for students to help cover the cost of fees should be introduced to help reverse the crisis in part-time study, according to a new report.
Universities which use terms like “number 1” or “leading” in advertisements need to include evidence to substantiate the claims, according to new advice.
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Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students, and Sophie Williams, Students' Union Chief Executive, both at the University of Worcester, consider the implications of the findings of a new survey on students' views on the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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As UK higher education faces a period of exceptional change, the prospect of more mergers and acquisitions may arise. Ewan Ferlie and Susan Trenholm from King’s Business School have examined the implications and identified issues the sector may need to consider, following a research report for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education .
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Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, explains why her organisation has launched a campaign to double the percentage of UK students who are studying or working abroad.
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Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, explains why his university and its students’ union has decided to host an independent Commission on Higher Education.
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The new regulatory framework for universities will have “an unflinching focus” on students but not reduce English  higher education to a “crude transaction between buyer and seller” said Sir Michael Barber as the government published a 181-page consultation report on its proposals.
Theresa May "missed opportunity"
Tuition fees should be capped at as low as £5,000 and the interest rate on student loans lowered to match inflation levels, according to a report published by the free-market think tank the Centre for Policy Studies.
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The Higher Education Statistics Agency has published the specification of student data to be returned by higher education providers from the 2019/20 academic year. The release represents the biggest change to the way student data is collected since the Cheltenham agency’s first data collection in 1994.
Over a quarter of students from multiple disadvantaged groups are dissatisfied with their non-academic higher education experience, new research shows.
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Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, outlines her vision for engaging with students and ensuring effective student representation on the OfS.
Research published by sustainability consultancy Brite Green shows English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date - but the sector is still not on track to meet targets for 2020 set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
HEi-know Exclusive: New guidance on vice chancellors’ pay, covering transparency, publication of pay differentials and membership of remuneration committees, is to be drawn up by the Committee of University Chairs (CUC). The move follows universities minister Jo Johnson’s call for a “remuneration code” to be developed.
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Greater emphasis on impact in the next Research Excellence Framework may worry some academics, but it provides the higher education sector with a valuable opportunity to promote itself in response to recent criticism, argues Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at Exeter University.
The long term cost of writing off graduate debt after a general election in five years would be up to £80 billion lower than some politicians and commentators have claimed, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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HEi-know invited three vice-chancellors to give their "take away" thoughts from last week's Universities UK annual conference, where universities minister Jo Johnson announced new measures on the Teaching Excellence Framework, degree classifications, and executive pay.
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Grade inflation is “ripping through the English higher education system” giving a dangerous impression of slipping standards and undermining its reputation, Jo Johnson, the higher education minister, has warned, giving vice chancellors a year to tackle the problem.
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New figures suggest that more graduates are finding employment or going on to further study. But there are trends within the statistics that raise questions about the direction of the graduate labour market and that could cause concern for the future, warns Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters .
The House of Commons education select committee has launched an inquiry into value for money in higher education.
A new policy briefing from MillionPlus, highlights the key issues that the UK’s representatives need to negotiate to ensure that UK and EU students can continue to study in each other’s countries and that the UK’s universities can continue to trade in Europe post-Brexit.
The University of Leicester is preparing to open its first international Institute in China this month. The Institute, which will offer duel degree in STEM subjects to both Chinese and UK students, is the result of a partnership between Leicester and leading Chinese University - Dalian University of Technology.