The newsroom blog

With funding crunch time looming, some UK policymakers seem set on limiting education opportunities while advocating their benefits to society

14 October

Some would argue that there are too many international students but it’s a problem many universities would like to have, for financial and other reasons

30 September

Online teaching, freedom of speech and minimum entry requirements are all caught in the strange disconnect between government and universities

16 September

The humanities can seem to struggle in our science-dominated world, but even a utilitarian view must hold them as foundational to a decent society

19 August

Student satisfaction fell as the pandemic disrupted campus life, and while assessment wasn’t singled out, it’s worth assessing how fit it is for the future

22 July

We must challenge carping about the bottom-line worth of university study by reiterating that other paths’ pay-offs in no way denigrate a degree’s value

24 June

It may feel as if the media is out to get universities. But a positive, pragmatic relationship is possible – and vital to public trust

27 May

Integrating local, national and global interests could be key to aligning the many competing social and environmental agendas in this era of upheaval

13 May

The HE policy debate may shift, but in England the idea that we might be over-educating is always lurking – it’s a hydra that needs decapitating again

18 March

Academics might have scrambled to adjust to online teaching but their expertise has taken flight and merits a global platform to share it

4 February

The pandemic has hit university finances, and further challenges lie ahead. But the case for supporting higher education and research is overwhelming

10 December

Despite the world’s apparent boredom with evidence and truth, it’s clear that universities’ expertise and principles are more vital than ever

29 October

As Covid-19 stalks student halls, universities are accused of allowing intolerance to infect ideals of academic freedom. But is the criticism fair?

15 October

Inequality in higher education, magnified during the pandemic, is not new – what has changed, perhaps, is a rising urgency to do something about it

17 September

The global nature of higher education is its greatest strength, which is now under threat from the effects of Covid, nationalism and industry competition

3 September