Policy watch


A single, comprehensive policy and funding infrastructure for UK tertiary education would empower learners and encourage innovation, say Paul Woodgates and Mike Boxall

European Union (EU) flags flying

European staff have helped make the UK higher education system a world leader, says Sarah Stevens, and we need to ensure that they continue to do so

spaghetti junction

Hepi’s exposure of the degree to which teaching subsidises research should provoke a new approach to funding, says Phil Ward

International, global, globe, world, travel, mobility
International students bring money, potential and skills, so we should be rolling out the red carpet, says Nick Hillman
Sydney Opera House

King’s College London principal Ed Byrne on increasing participation in higher education while also driving improvements in quality

Commission’s final report calls for an Office for Strategic Economic Management to ensure sound regional economic policy, writes Andy Westwood

Campaigners for the Vote Leave movement

Rob Johns offers advice on making sure your teaching is not all pro-remain, in the wake of the Heaton-Harris letter

lecturer, lecturing, teaching, lecture hall

Universities will continue to provide a place where academic freedom can flourish, says Janet Beer


Publication of the OfS regulatory framework consultation is a ‘significant milestone’ on the road to a new regulatory regime, says OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge

door, opening door, access, opportunity

As the Treasury Committee inquiry into tuition fees starts today, David Richardson warns that any reforms must ensure that universities remain properly funded

Labour MP Chris Elmore believes the most generous student maintenance package in the UK should not be confined to Wales

Meccano robot

Universities are very much at the forefront of efforts to extract the most value from artificial intelligence, writes Dame Wendy Hall

Anti-tuition fees demonstrators at Westminster

Helen Carasso on the inconsistencies of England's fees system, ahead of her appearance at the Treasury Committee's investigation into student loan systems

gold silver bronze TEF rating

Paul Ashwin sees reasons for concern in the government's latest teaching excellence framework guidelines

International, global, globe, world, travel, mobility

Initiatives by the mayor of London and the Department for International Trade are welcome as the UK HE sector seeks reassurance on Brexit, writes Sarah Stevens

Jo Johnson smiling

Transcript of the speech delivered by Jo Johnson, universities and science minister, at the 2017 annual conference of the Higher Education Funding Council for England

lock, locked, closed, access, outreach

Removing university status from post-92 institutions would disproportionately impact already marginalised and vulnerable social groups, says Ben Whitham

Man drawing decline on a graph

In the past six years, the number of new part-time students in England has fallen by 56 per cent, writes Peter Horrocks

Adventurous people at Niagara Falls

The research excellence framework’s panels will look at factors including adventurousness, disciplinary diversity and methodological clarity, predicts Martin Willis

John Morgan looks at how an old argument may become pressing in future funding debates