Following the UK's decision to leave the European Union, it is even more important for us to look to the future, not the past. Modern universities are key drivers of social mobility, economic growth and the high quality, higher education professional and technical programmes which are essential for the 21st century. Backed by our Department for International Trade, there are new imperatives to broaden our horizons and look further afield for partnerships, collaboration and knowledge exchange. It is up to us to seize these opportunities and with our colleagues in Australia we are most definitely up and running.
Professor David Phoenix is Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, Chair of the MillionPlus group of Modern Universities and a director of the National Centre for Universities and Business. He was awarded an OBE for services to Science and Higher Education and made a member of the Order of Friendship (China) for services to the country.
The question of funding for part-time study needs to be at the centre of any debate on student fees and loans and it must be an explicit consideration in the Government's proposed review of tertiary education funding.
18/09/2017 14:39 BST
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.
06/06/2017 12:04 BST
That way more schools can benefit from willing not press-ganged university partners and there is greater likelihood universities will continue to work in under-represented areas and with schools that require support rather than with those that simply desire support.
10/02/2017 11:27 GMT
According to Ofsted, between 2014 and 2105 over 10% of the qualified teachers left the profession and, according to the Guardian, the numbers of applicants continues to fall. At the same time over 120,000 additional pupils need teaching and the difficulty in finding teachers is further exacerbated in shortage areas such as Science and Technology or languages.
31/08/2016 16:59 BST
Quite reasonably, universities may not be front of mind for most people when they consider the aftermath of the referendum, yet they have key roles to play in supporting productivity as the UK moves forward and in helping heal divides that have occurred nationally and regionally through the referendum debate.
06/07/2016 10:27 BST
It is important to realise that whilst the subject coverage and balance of teaching and research may vary across universities, there is much that is common across institutions that have been awarded university title.
27/01/2016 16:38 GMT
We find ourselves mere weeks from the General Election in May, and yet the policies that will form the blueprint for higher education remain murky and confused.
27/02/2015 12:47 GMT
When the Government revealed plans in the 2014 Autumn Statement to introduce a major overhaul of postgraduate funding in England, the news was greeted with cautious optimism by the higher education sector...
26/01/2015 15:59 GMT
It is my firm belief that it is imperative the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the associated educational bodies develop a much clearer understanding of what collaborative partnerships in the area of employer-sponsored education already exist before any changes to the systems related to employer funding are made. Additional research and understanding of the field is needed to enable reliable evidenced-based decision making over rash policy making.
21/11/2014 12:59 GMT
Many hold the view that a research informed curriculum is not essential, and would seek to decouple the research and teaching agendas. However, it is clear that if students engage in research informed teaching then they develop many of the skills required by employers.
22/01/2013 13:40 GMT
We Need to Make Tuition Fees Work if We Don't Want to Destroy the Aspirations of the Next Generation
The system has its flaws and has led to various negative impacts that could have been predicted. However, for the foreseeable future it is here to stay, and everyone working in education needs to make sure it works - or else see a generation miss out on a university education.
08/01/2013 11:42 GMT
To some extent the Government will have achieved its goals. The HE sector will be smaller with fewer choosing to go to University. This will clearly benefit the Treasury and BIS given their concerns over the cost of the student loans system.
13/09/2012 13:18 BST
Overseas students make a major contribution to the UK economy, not just to UK universities. The government's own impact assessment report on the reform of the student immigration system estimated the changes being imposed on student visas would generate a loss of c£2.4 billion over four years.
09/09/2012 21:23 BST
A few weeks ago, many readers might have seen articles warning of a 'squeezed middle' of English universities, who would struggle to attract the best performing students.
16/04/2012 15:47 BST
World class research with a real world impact should be funded regardless of the institution and there is a danger that the government will choose to direct too great a level of funding at the research-intensive institutions.
01/12/2011 22:17 GMT
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