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Emerging HE policies highlight new political landscape

Interventionism is suddenly all the rage with the Westminster Conservative government, and higher education is feeling the impact as new policies and legislation are brought to bear on the sector, writes Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of Push and of the Engineering Professors’ Council.

Rethinking universities from the outside in

Mike Boxall, an independent researcher and consultant on higher education policies and strategies, and a senior adviser to PA Consulting, considers the emerging post-COVID world and its implications for the future of universities. His blog is based on a paper published recently by PA Consulting, and co-authored with its HE lead, Ian Matthias.

Is the government missing the real 'levelling up' value of HE?

The Westminster government should wake up to the full potential of higher education to help it meet its ‘levelling up’ goals, argues Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University.

After a week of 'people power' it is time to listen to students

Jonathan Baldwin, managing director of higher education at Jisc, reflects on a week that’s felt the force of people power – and says it’s time for university leaders to respond to students’ calls for change.

2 minute briefing: School pupils' university aspirations

The proportion of school pupils who are planning to go to university has risen over the past 13 years, but half of them today worry about the cost of higher education, a poll by the Sutton Trust has found. HEi-know provides a two minute summary of the survey's key findings.

 

  • The proportion of 11 – 16 year olds in academies and maintained schools in England and Wales who say they are likely to go into higher education has risen from 71 per cent in 2003 to 77 per cent in 2016.

  • The proportion who say they are unlikely to go to university has fallen in the same period from 13 per cent to 11 per cent.

  • Of those that say today they are unlikely to enter HE, 68 per cent said it was because they "don't like this kind of learning", 62 per cent said it was because they were worried about the cost, 43 per cent because they "need a job", and 44 per cent because they are "not clever enough" (up from 37 per cent in 2015).

  • A further 31 per cent cited social reasons for not going to university, while 21 per cent said they didn't know enough about it.

  • Of those who are planning to go to university, 47 per cent said they were worried about the cost, while 46 per cent said cost didn't worry them.

  • Tuition fees was the biggest financial concern for prospective students, cited by 45 per cent. Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) were worried about student loan repayments, while 17 per cent were concerned about living costs.
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