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Many issues await the attention of the new universities minister

In a week when the government reshuffled its cabinet, HE issues that made headlines gave the newly-appointed universities minister a taste of things to come, says Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Institute of Student Employers .

Storm clouds are gathering over UK universities

The past week’s events and news are a sign of turbulent times for UK universities, warns Nicola Owen, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Lancaster University.

The UK must look after its global talent

Mike Ratcliffe, academic registrar at Nottingham Trent University, reflects on issues emerging from a packed week of higher education news.

Student complaints rise by nearly 21% in a year

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for higher education has reported almost a 21 per cent rise in the number of complaints it received from students last year – rising to their highest ever level at 2,371.

Adopting Sustainability Development Goals for research must go beyond ‘SDG washing’

Professor Cam Donaldson, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice Principal (Research) and Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, explains how his institution has put into practice a research strategy led by Sustainability Development Goals.

UK universities face challenges and opportunities on student intakes

Reviewing a week of HE news, Ross Renton, Pro Vice-Chancellor Students at the University of Worcester, identifies challenges and opportunities for UK universities over enrolment of both international and home students.

Buckingham University names new Chancellor

The University of Buckingham has appointed Dame Mary Archer as its new Chancellor. Dame Mary will be joining the University from 24 February, succeeding Lady Tessa Keswick, who has been in the role since 2014.

HEFCE names TEF panel members

Chair

Professor Chris Husbands

Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Panel members 

Professor Patrick Bailey

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University

Professor Jeff Bale

(Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education) Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham

Professor Joy Carter

Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester

Amie Chapman

Students’ Union Deputy President (Education) and Interim President (2015-16), De Montfort University

Professor Helen Higson

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

Sala Kamkosi Khulumula

Former student representative, Empire College London (2014-15); QAA Student Reviewer

Nona McDuff

Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University

Leonie Milliner

Chief Executive, Association for Nutrition

Professor Gillian Nicholls

(Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor) Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey

Professor Karen O'Brien

Head of the Humanities Division, University of Oxford

Ali Orr

Registrar, Science Council

Professor Susan Orr

Dean of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Professor in Creative Practice Pedagogy, University of the Arts London

Professor Susan Rigby

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Chun-Yin San

Students’ Union Deputy President (Education) (2015-16), Imperial College London

Professor Jonathan Scott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), University of Leicester

John Simpson

Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer (2015-16), Blackpool and the Fylde College

Dr Vikki Smith

Vice President Business Development, Kaplan International Higher Education

Maureen Sydney

Director of Higher Education, Doncaster College

Barbara Tarling

Student, Open University; QAA Student Reviewer

Professor Liz Thomas

Professor of Higher Education, Edge Hill University

Professor Michael Young

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Sunderland

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has appointed members to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel, including academics, students, employers and widening participation experts.

The Government is introducing the TEF to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and has asked HEFCE to implement Year Two of this exercise.

The TEF panel comprises individuals from a range of different organisations. It will be responsible for deciding the assessment outcomes, based on recommendations and advice from a wider pool of academic and student assessors. Over 1,200 applications were received for the roles available.

Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said:

"I look forward to working with this panel, which is drawn so broadly from across the sector, to build on the excellent reputation of UK higher education at this important point in its evolution. The panel will bring to bear a range of perspectives and expertise to contribute to the robust and successful implementation of the TEF."

Commenting on the appointments, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE said:

"We are delighted with the calibre of panel members, who we have appointed for their standing with higher education providers and students, and their significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching."

Further appointments will be made to the panel to strengthen representation from employers, and also from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, should they take part.

The list of appointed assessors will be announced by the end of September. The Department for Education will announce the final specification against which providers are to be assessed later in September, following its technical consultation.

 

The panel

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