HE and Research Bill

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

Westminster, Houses of Parliament

Sector expert predicts dissent will be crushed when Lords amendment reaches Commons

Members of the House of Lords

Vote hailed as ‘notable victory’ in battle to remove overseas learners from net migration targets

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

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Peers back further amendments to Higher Education and Research Bill

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

Members of the House of Lords

Peers back amendment which says TEF cannot be used to determine English universities’ fees

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

Exam cheating

Giving students who use essay mills a criminal record would impose a punishment that ill fits the crime, writes Daniel Sokol

London, westminster, parliament, government

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


Jo Johnson amends OfS powers over universities and new providers, but key plans remain in place

An abandoned supermarket trolley stuck in a tree

Commentator Martin Wolf examines the economic flaws and false assumptions of the Higher Education and Research Bill

Sir Mark Walport

Scientists have mixed reactions to announcement of UKRI leader

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework


FT commentator gives damning verdict on what he describes as ‘government takeover of university sector’

Members of the House of Lords

Gill Evans laments the financial cases universities make for entering the teaching excellence framework

Houses of Parliament at night

Nick Hillman on the possible implications of the government’s defeat in the Lords

London, westminster, parliament, government

Jim Knight on the early committee stages of the HE and Research Bill in the Lords

Parliament and Big Ben, London

Lord Stevenson on the problems facing the Higher Education and Research Bill, which was amended on its first day in committee in the Lords