Policy watch

Sarah Olney, the Lib Dem education spokeswoman, on her party’s vision for higher education 

Interconnected world/global roaming

Sir Keith Burnett explains why it matters more than ever that universities speak out in support of our international communities

Gordon Marsden, Labour Party

Labour Party will also ensure that students currently at university will not have to pay tuition for their remaining years, says shadow HE minister Gordon Marsden


While the Higher Education and Research Act seeks to level the playing field between providers, an unregulated category could spook future politicians and see the law retightened, says Nick Hillman

Jeremy Corbyn

John Morgan looks at the detail behind Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto pledges


Australian policymakers have moved to link funding to student retention. But they must accept that desirable trends don’t all arise in perfect harmony, says Andrew Norton

Girl looking over dictionary

The definition of a university called for by the Lords never really materialised, writes Gill Evans

Parliament and Big Ben, London

Reaction as the HE and Research Bill ends its journey through Parliament


John Cater believes his Higher Education Policy Institute report offers some answers

Blackboard covered in maths equations

Research is a complex ecosystem; focusing on instrumental impacts alone fails to give the full picture of how advances are made, say Laura Meagher and Ursula Martin

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

John Morgan looks at reports PM may ‘soften’ stance on students and net migration figures 

Theresa May entering 10 Downing Street, London

Some aspects of university reform – including parts of the TEF – could ‘turn to dust’, says Nick Hillman

John Morgan looks at how the HE Bill's future, the impact of Brexit and Labour's fee plans are all election issues for universities

Overseas university students in Canada

While universities in parts of the West worry about immigration crackdowns, favourable political winds are allowing Canada’s institutions to flourish

A rocket

Horizon 2020 could have more success getting technologies off the ground if it does not neglect the basic work that sparks breakthroughs, say Geert de Snoo, Floor Frederiks, Peter Lievens and Katrien Maes

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