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Jonathan Baldwin, managing director of higher education at Jisc, looks at the changing role of post-Covid university leadership and the enduring need for collaboration.
The government's announcement of a major review of the National Student Survey signals a worrying shift in the HE regulatory landscape, warns Jon Scott, higher education consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester.
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.
Nottingham Trent University tops the latest green university league table from the student campaign network People & Planet, which continues to be dominated by new universities.
NTU has moved up from third position last year, while Brighton University has leaped up 19 places to occupy second place and Manchester Metropolitan University has moved up one place into third position.
A total of 16 new universities out of 30 institutions have been awarded "First class honours" in the table that awards points for a range of green measures including environmental policy and the number of staff supporting it, ethical investments, carbon management, energy use, recycling, and upholding workers' rights.
The University of Newcastle is the highest ranking Russell Group university, in joint 8th place, with four other Russell Group institutions making the top 30 this year, including Exeter, Leeds, Bristol and UCL.
Fifteen institutions are classed as having "failed" against the green measures set by the ranking.
People & Planet said that thanks to strong support from staff and students, the number of universities reporting that they are committing to divesting from fossil fuel investments has grown by 16 to a total of 43.
However, only a quarter of institutions are on track to meet their carbon reductions targets by 2020.
1 Nottingham Trent University
2 University of Brighton
3 Manchester Metropolitan University
4 Cardiff Metropolitan University
5 University of Worcester
6 Aston University
7 City University London
8= University of Gloucestershire
8= Newcastle University
10 Swansea University
11 University of Bedfordshire
12 Plymouth University
13 De Montfort University
14 London School of Economics And Political Science
15 Keele University
16= University of Exeter
16= Royal Agricultural University
18 University of Greenwich
19 University of Bradford
20 Bournemouth University
21 Coventry University
22 Edinburgh Napier University
23 University of Leeds
24 University of Bristol
25 SOAS, University of London
26 University of The West of England, Bristol
27 University of Wales Trinity Saint David
28 Glasgow Caledonian University
30 University of Leicester
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