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  • UK student recruitment numbers down, but is that the whole story?

    30 May 2024 by Matteo Quacquarelli

    ***Next Wednesday 5th June we are hosting a webinar on the Australian Universities Accord – you can register here.*** With confirmation that the UK government won’t change or axe the Graduate route visa, the release of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Review, the UK’s net migration figures being announced, and…

  • Lunchtime Reading: Does the Apprenticeship Levy need reforming?

    29 May 2024 by Mandy Crawford

    Scarcely a month goes by without businesses, political figures or employer representative bodies demanding significant changes and reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy.  But are these demands justified, what impact could drastic reform have on the higher education sector and are the original core principles and benefits of the levy being…

  • Why is UK HE in Breakdown? A Lecturer’s View

    29 May 2024

    My book couldn’t have come out at a timelier moment – even if I say so myself and even if my own job is vulnerable as a result. It’s no exaggeration to say that UK HE is in breakdown, with each day bringing news of yet another university slashing jobs,…

  • Perceptions of research culture

    28 May 2024 by Juliana Rinaldi-Semione

    The REF: can’t live with it, can’t live without it. That seems like a functional summary of the varied attitudes toward the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that exist within and across institutions. And in the 2023-24 academic year, there has been much ado and additional mixed responses around the new…

  • Bank Holiday Reading: Higher Education and the green workforce transformation

    27 May 2024 by Claire Hughes, Lynda Dunlop, Hannah Smith and Louise Thurston

    In a recent global report on green skills by LinkedIn, it was revealed that possessing one or more ‘green skills’ can increase the chance of getting hired by 29%.  The number of jobs requiring at least one green skill has grown, but this demand is fundamentally outpacing the increase in…

  • Weekend Reading: Fixing higher education funding should start with student loans

    25 May 2024 by James Purnell

    University funding is not working. Funding for students’ courses has been falling consistently for the past decade. By 2026, it will be at its lowest level for over 25 years. At the same time, demand for going to university is increasing. This is good. We need more university graduates. But…

  • Implementing a Minimum Income Standard for students

    24 May 2024

    Forty years ago, a student at university in the UK paid no tuition fees, could receive a full maintenance grant and rarely felt in need of a paid job while studying.  By contrast, many of today’s students are under increasing financial strain. The 2023 HEPI/Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey…

  • Its time to talk tech experience and capability

    22 May 2024 by Michelle Morgan

    There is a lot of discussion at the moment about AI and how we navigate this use of technology with our students.  Technology Foundations for Twenty-First Century Higher Education , which is a collection of essays, edited by Mary Curnock Cook CBE and sponsored by LearningMate, brings together leading Edtech…

  • Culture wars: contemplations of ‘class’ from an academic caught in between

    20 May 2024 by Glenn Fosbraey

    Enter the inverted snob Last Wednesday, I set my first-year Creative Non-Fiction class the task of embarking on an experience that pushed them out of their comfort zones (safely, legally, and in accordance with their moral compasses, of course), and, in a show of solidarity, I foolishly promised them I…