Policy watch

Newspaper printing press

Richard Garner explores the tactics that communications teams need in a changing media landscape

Campus der Technischen Universität Chemnitz am Abend

Universities must play a major part in the emergence of the new technical education sector envisaged in the chancellor’s recent Budget, says Andy Westwood

Evidence for the harm done by including students in net migration figures is clear, says Huw Owen

a hospital ward

Higher education funding from US state governments has always been volatile, but reforms to healthcare could put public universities’ income under even greater pressure, says Will Doyle

opinion illustration

Life science is a big part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, but neglecting basic research will drive top researchers abroad and threaten the flow of translatable discoveries, says Philippe Froguel

Building a bridge

Universities should consider building ‘families’ of schools and colleges to facilitate easy transfer between different levels of education, says David Phoenix

There is a growing recognition in Australia that the future of higher education must be considered alongside what happens to its struggling technical and further education sector.

London, westminster, parliament, government

Sir Mark Walport believes that the amended HE Bill will assist him in making the UKRI the best research funding agency in the world

Woman with thumbs up sign

John Cater maligns the misuse of an NSS that can offer genuine insight into university teaching

Michael Parkin illustration (9 March 2017)

Cramming study into the shortest possible time will impoverish the student experience and drive an even greater wedge between research-enabled permanent staff and the growing underclass of flexible teaching staff, says Tom Cutterham

Tuition fee hike

Maddalaine Ansell and Sorana Vieru give their differing takes on the recent Lords amendment to the HE and Research Bill

Magician pulls rabbit out of hat

Pam Tatlow looks back at a tumultuous day for the HE Bill in the House of Lords

Houses of Parliament at night

Sir Steve Smith feels that universities minister Jo Johnson has listened, and that the HE Bill is now in fine shape

Keep left sign

Thinktank conflates THE online opinion survey with separate data, John Morgan writes

London, westminster, parliament, government

Changes could mean HE and Research Bill receives Royal Assent in the spring, writes Nick Hillman

Left, left wing, liberal

Universities must not allow a narrowing of acceptable discourse in class following Trump and Brexit, says John Moriarty

Money in a test tube

The UK-US research relationship post-Brexit must work for both countries, says Darragh Murnane

Anna Piela asks what Trump may mean for scholars of the Islamic faith

Crowds at Trump's inauguration

Crowd scientist Keith Still on his time providing live analysis on Donald Trump’s inauguration – and the ensuing media storm

Donald Trump

Heads of US universities unite to condemn US president’s executive order