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Briefing Report 461 DFE - Interim Conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Briefing Report 461 DFE - Interim Conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Briefing Report 460 FE White Paper - Skills for Jobs - Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth

Briefing Report 460 FE White Paper - Skills for Jobs - Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth

Briefing Report 459 HEPI - A short guide to non-continuation in UK universities

Briefing Report 459 HEPI - A short guide to non-continuation in UK universities

Briefing Report 458 HM Treasury - Spending Review

Briefing Report 458 HM Treasury - Spending Review

HE Insight paper 38 - Governing in HE during a pandemic

HE Insight paper 38 - Governing in HE during a pandemic

Briefing Report 457 UUK - Managing risks in internationalisation - Security related issues

Briefing Report 457 UUK - Managing risks in internationalisation - Security related issues

Briefing Report 456 Advance HE - Diversity of governors in higher education

Briefing Report 456 Advance HE - Diversity of governors in higher education

HE Insight Paper 37 - HE sector responds to Government Covid guidance

HE Insight Paper 37 - HE sector responds to Government Covid guidance

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Statements from ministers this week have made it clear that higher education in England is facing significant reforms, re-setting its focus towards helping to plug the UK's skills gaps and rebuilding the economy. Fariba Soetan, Policy Lead for Research and Innovation at the National Centre for Universities and Business, argues that the proposed changes bring a welcome focus on graduate outcomes and supporting the careers of young people.
Universities UK and GuildHE have commissioned the Quality Assurance Agency to develop a new approach to reviewing and enhancing the quality of UK TNE. QAA will consult on a new review method later this year and will launch a programme of in-country enhancement activity in 2021.
After a week of largely disappointing news for UK higher education, Nicola Owen, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Lancaster University, fears that gloomy forecasts for the future of the sector may prove to be uncomfortably accurate.
Loughborough University has been named University of the Year for the second time in three years in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards .
As the Office for Students places a moratorium on ‘conditional unconditional offers’, Jon Scott, HE consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester, reviews the context of the decision and considers its implications.
UK higher education had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the past week. Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Prospects, charts the highs and lows.
Universities across the UK have rapidly moved their learning, teaching and assessment online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The unprecedented overhaul of traditional teaching practices has presented a major challenge to institutions, staff and students. In this Good Practice Briefing, HEi-know shows how some universities have responded to the situation.
Sutton Trust associate director of media and communications Hilary Cornwell and research and policy assistant Maariyah Dawood comment on equality and widening access issues that have emerged in a week of higher education news.
Reviewing a week of higher education news, Action on Access Director Andrew Rawson celebrates positive action on equality and social inclusivity taken in the HE sector and calls for matching support from the government and employers.
Michelle Donelan
The universities minister has strongly criticised the renaming of university buildings and the removal of statues prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement as “short sighted” and an attempt to censor the past.
As domestic students make their final decisions about which universities to go to, universities are endeavouring to reassure them that campus life would be back to ‘near normal’ by September. Meanwhile international student numbers are looking shaky, while higher education is being sucked into debates around the Black Lives Matter campaign. Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer of the Institute of Student Employers explains why he doesn’t envy Vice Chancellors right now.
Rhiannon Birch, Director of Strategic Insights and Planning at the University of Derby, considers the implications of new government policy on student number controls and apprenticeships announced in a week when institutions prepared plans to re-open their campuses.
The rate of progress towards widening access targets in Scottish higher education has slowed so much that there are now "fewer grounds for optimism" that they will be achieved, the Commissioner for Fair Access has warned.
UK universities can expect to admit around 14,000 fewer students from East Asia countries this Autumn, representing a £463 million drop in income from tuition and living expenses, according to a survey conducted by the British Council.
Universities are estimated to have lost more than £3 million on average in the first two months of lockdown and more than one in five are about to implement salary reductions, voluntary redundancies and layoffs, a new study shows.
Research by Pickle Jar Communications has found that while most prospective students in the UK are still planning to go to university, many do not feel they are being provided with Information they need to address their concerns. Robert Perry, Pickle Jar's head of research and insight, outlines the findings.
The Quality Assurance Agency has published guidelines to help universities that are re-opening their campuses in the Autumn maintain standards while protecting students and staff.
As plans unfold for the next Research Excellence Framework, positions are already being taken as to how to divide up the spoils in the form of the subsequent Research Excellence Grant (REG). Should this further favour the UK’s elite universities? Glasgow Caledonian University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies and GCU Yunus Chair and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Cam Donaldson offer a view from the other side of the tracks.
The Office for Students will intervene if there is evidence of serious concerns about the quality of a university’s online provision, its chief executive has warned.
Reviewing a week of higher education news, Worcester University Pro Vice-Chancellor Ross Renton calls for clarity and support from the government and Office for Students to help institutions alleviate fears and contribute to the UK’s revival.
The coronavirus outbreak will lead to temporary budget deterioration and operating deficits for some UK universities next year, but the sector's finances are likely to bounce back in two to three years, according to a new report from the ratings agency Moody's.
As HEi-know publishes a Good Practice Briefing on the transition to online delivery of HE, James Clay, head of higher education and student experience at Jisc, who provides an overview in the Briefing, offers some tips on overcoming the challenges of making the shift to online teaching.
Another week of pandemic-dominated HE news has highlighted the dilemmas facing universities and students over what to expect in the coming academic year says, Mike Ratcliffe, academic registrar at Nottingham Trent University.
Introducing a new report on Postgraduate Education in the UK, published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute, the report’s author Dr Ginevra House, freelance researcher for Ebor Editing and Research, weighs up the prospects for postgraduate programmes and students in the wake of the pandemic.
Reviewing a week of higher education news, Jon Scott, HE consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester, suggests that genuine collaboration may be the only way out of the current crisis for universities.
The class of 2020 will be less prepared for work and face fewer career opportunities because of the pandemic, according to new research.
As UK higher education leaders contemplate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector, Mike Boxall, an independent consultant on HE policy and strategies and an adviser to PA Consulting, poses four key questions that they should consider.
As institutions consider the short and long-term impacts of Covid-19, Dr Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc, reflects on this week’s news and highlights the need to support disadvantaged learners as education moves online.
A survey of students and graduates by careers website Milkround and research company Dig-In has found many fear their career prospects will suffer as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Georgina Brazier, Jobs Expert at Milkround, outlines the findings.
A growing number of higher education conferences and events are being postponed or moved online in response to the Coronavirus restrictions.
Sandra Booth, Director of Policy and External Relations for the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD), reviews a week of higher education news in which concerns emerged over universities’ financial stability due to Covid-19 and the impact of the crisis on students.
Amid predictions that higher education will be changed forever by the current pandemic, Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University, suggests the innovative ways the sector is responding to the crisis will make it even more valued in the future.
As a growing number of universities move teaching and assessment online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Derby is holding a virtual conference which aims to support staff in making the transition.
The current crisis has underlined the critical role played by the UK’s experts and researchers and the institutions supporting them, as well as the need for collaboration between them, says Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business.
The Office for Students is leaving it up to universities to decide on particular approaches to the Coronavirus pandemic rather than issuing specific guidance, and has promised to minimises its regulatory demands on the sector in response to the crisis.
A study has found substantial differences in degree attainment by students' religion or belief.
Amid a further week of gloomy developments relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery for Advance HE, finds some more uplifting news for UK higher education.
Reviewing the week’s higher education news, Johhny Rich, Chief Executive of Push and The Engineering Professors’ Council, warns that coronavirus is not the only deadly contagion afflicting UK HE.
There are signs in the past week’s higher education news of a bigger picture emerging from the apparent direction of government HE and FE policies, suggests Rhiannon Birch, Director of Planning and Insight at the University of Sheffield .
Professor Liz Barnes
Professor Liz Barnes CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, reflects on how universities can focus on responding to local needs while striving also to be a force for good nationally and globally.
The new universities minister Michelle Donelan
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 .
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.
Mike Ratcliffe, academic registrar at Nottingham Trent University, reflects on issues emerging from a packed week of higher education news.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewing the past week's higher education news, Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, takes issue with claims that UK higher education is "broken" and sees encouraging signs that it is addressing issues over diversity.
Professor Malcolm Todd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost (academic and student experience) at the University of Derby, comments on what he sees as the most significant higher education news and opinions making headlines in the first week of 2020.
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, introduces the launch of Year Three of UUKi's Go International: Stand Out campaign, calling on employers to promote the value of international experience.
A review by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), working with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), has found that UK degrees offered in Malaysia are generally both relevant to the local market and employment needs, and meet the expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
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.