Higher Education

Clearing Is An Opportunity, Not A Last Resort

Professor Mike Thomas | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Professor Mike Thomas

This week is a nerve-wracking time for young people all over the UK. A-level results day will see tens of thousands of sixth form and college students...

Opportunity Costs

Tom Knight | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Tom Knight

We seem to think that our moral duty has been fulfilled once we have ensured all students have the immediate funds required for university. But we also have a responsibility to make sure that no student is disproportionately burdened by the cost of their education later on. Equality of opportunity, yes. But surely equality of the cost of those opportunities is just as important.

In Challenging Times, We Need A Job Market That Works For Young People

Professor John Raftery | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

If just one of these pupils is inspired to start their own business, creating jobs and new opportunities for others, then we have succeeded. Making sure that there is a place in the job market for all our young people, no matter their beginnings, is at the heart of what universities should do. There are, I'm sure, similar stories from every university in the land. Surely it makes sense to listen to them?

Could A Devolved Regional Approach Be The Magic Bullet To Tackle Social Mobility In The UK?

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) recently released a new report examining 20 years of government efforts to tackle social mobility in the UK. Cove...

Scrapping Tuition Fees Is Regressive, We Need Reform And To Bring Back Grants

Shudong Li | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Shudong Li

The current system needs change: bring back grants, keep interest rates to inflation and explore more ways to reform the progressive system we have now. If income tax needs to be raised to fund the grants, go ahead, but abolishing tuition fees is taking two steps back after moving an inch forward.

Teaching Excellence Framework Results: It Is Time To Stand Up For Quality Teaching - Every University Should Be Going For Gold

Graham Galbraith | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Graham Galbraith

The release of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been met with mixed reactions. The new scheme was set up to recognise excellent teaching an...

The Teaching Excellence Framework Will Make University Teaching Worse

Joanna Williams | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Joanna Williams

Teaching quality can best be improved by liberating academics from the many demands on their time that have little to do with scholarship. This means not just abandoning the TEF but going further and scrapping the REF too.

Why Students Should Vote Green

Catherine Love | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Love

In recent years, young people have struggled to find a voice in politics. It's a vicious circle: fewer young people vote, so the government doesn't bother to listen to our concerns, so young people feel rightly disillusioned and even fewer of us turn out on polling day.

How To Stop The Continuing Decline Of Part-Time Students

Dave Phoenix | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Phoenix

The 3 year 'boarding school model' for higher education only serves a proportion of learners. If the Government truly wants a highly skilled 'global trading nation' then it will need to support a flexible and diverse higher education sector that is able to deliver it.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

I remember my careers teacher telling me that I should consider social work - as that was what a lot of black women went into. But I think, the pièce de résistance has to go to my history teacher who predicted me a 'C' at GSCE level. She told my mum and dad at another parent's evening that she did not place much hope in me on this particular subject. She also threw in that most black people ended up working as cleaners.

Watching Trump With Our Students

Jenny Mathers | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jenny Mathers

For the past six months, my colleagues and I at the small university town of Aberystwyth on the west coast of Wales have been watching Donald Trump's presidency with our students.

Good Things Happen When Universities And Businesses Join Forces

Professor John Raftery | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.

Higher Education Bill Concessions Are A Minor Detour On The Road To Privatisation

Sally Hunt | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Sally Hunt

Despite the government's changes, then, we still have a piece of proposed legislation which doesn't command the confidence of students and staff, and which represents a huge future risk to the taxpayer. Peers still have a chance to insist on stronger concessions and I hope they will do so today.

I Want An NUS That Listens, Learns And Leads

Shakira Martin | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shakira Martin

I've been listening to conference, and conference has told me that NUS needs to change. When students turn to us, for help or support or arguments or ideas, they don't get it. And worst still, they're told they don't get it. People see an NUS more interested in infighting and factions than fighting fees. But the change starts here and the change starts now, because our NUS is gonna be different.

New Oxford Portraits Will Celebrate University's Increasing Diversity

Dr Rebecca Surender | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Dr Rebecca Surender

Look around Oxford University's corridors and dining halls at the magnificent portraits that hang there, and something may strike you: almost everyone...

Brexit Threatens A Perfect Storm For UK Universities

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Aldwyn Cooper

Like more than 80% of academics and a substantial majority of young people who will be most affected by Brexit, I voted to remain in the European Union.

Two-Year Degrees - Is That The Ideal Length Of A Bachelor's Course?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

The issue is not what length or type of programme is better; the real issue is that the choice reflects the needs of the students and of society in general.

How To Win At Being Human!

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

The interesting takeaway of all this is that the future is now. The skills you will need to develop are already in demand today. Considering your degree, and future, through the prism of this change will yield great personal results.

'Lower Ranked' Universities Punished By Student Visa Crackdowns

James Pitman | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Pitman

If the government wishes to boost local economies, create jobs, sustain our world class HE sector and build an outward-looking 'global Britain', they should work to strengthen its foundations.

Education Reform Not Enough To Tackle The UK's Social Mobility Problem

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

What is the value of education? What is the current state of social mobility in the UK? Can more, or better, education solve the "mobility" problem? A...

The Big Conversation: Brexit And HE

Trevor Humphreys | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
Trevor Humphreys

The future remains uncertain and the higher education sector has many challenges to face in 2017and beyond. There may be some consequential market adjustment that would have regional impact both economically and politically. However, universities will continue to tackle these head on and no doubt discover new opportunities.

For Brexit To Be A Success, Britain Must Overcome Its Suspicion Of EU Migrants

Lord Bilimoria CBE | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Bilimoria CBE

There is a growing trend in world politics to treat human movement as a bargaining chip for political gain. Debates, such as the one recently in the Commons, often overlook the uncomfortable reality that we are discussing the futures of real individuals - over three million of them - who have contributed so much to our economy and culture. .. If we are going to get through these negotiations, it must be in the best interests of this country that we treat with respect the three million EU workers whose work here has benefited our country and helped make us the fifth largest economy in the world.

Students: For The Sake Of Those That Come After You, Boycott The National Student Survey

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

This is a small battle in a huge conflict. It is a conflict between a state that provides for, nurtures and empowers it citizens, and a free-market, free-for-all that leaves all but a few worse off, that erodes notions like collective effort and genuine altruism and replaces them with individual greed and cut-throat competition.

Considering A Year Abroad? Here's What You Should Know

Fran Carruthers | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Carruthers

It goes without saying that every exchange student's experience will be as diverse the locations they travel to, but I believe that there are some fundamental difficulties and benefits met by everyone on a year abroad. Armed with the best journalistic intentions, I have set about to talk frankly about each of these, in the most balanced and honest way possible.

Small Businesses Need Credible Insight To Survive And Thrive Past Brexit Uncertainty

Paul Moran | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
Paul Moran

Irrespective of whether you think Brexit will herald a new age of prosperity or is a sure way to decline, there's absolutely no doubt that the economy...