THE podcast: what does the UK election mean for higher education?

Does the UK general election offer a ray of hope for the beleaguered university sector? Two higher education policy experts give their take on what university leaders can do to make a case for the sector and how a new parliament might tackle hot topics such as international students and research funding


Higher Education Policy Institute,London Higher
18 Jun 2024
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As the UK prepares to go to the polls on 4 July, what is on higher education’s wish list for the new parliament? And how might higher education leaders demonstrate the value of universities to policymakers?

For this episode of the Times Higher Education podcast, we talk to two policy experts for their perspective on key issues such as research funding, the future of skills training, how immigration policy might shape international student flows, and whether higher education will be a priority regardless of who wins the race to Whitehall.

Nick Hillman is director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and worked as chief of staff for David Willetts when he was minister for universities and science from 2007 until the end of 2013. Diana Beech is CEO of London Higher. Her policy experience includes being a policy adviser to three ministers of state for universities, science, research and innovation.

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