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  • A language crisis: four thoughts

    20 January 2020 by John Claughton

    John Claughton, former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham offers some reflections on Megan Bowler’s recent report on the crisis in modern languages. Nestor, the king of sandy Pylos, is the grand old man of The Iliad. He has seen the passing of two generations of mankind and is…

  • No easy answers – Oxbridge interviews: The teacher’s perspective

    17 January 2020 by John Plowright

    This guest blog has been kindly contributed by John Plowright, a former History teacher in an independent school and the author of various History textbooks, who has advised hundreds of pupils on their admission to higher education, including Oxbridge. Oxbridge, despite the best endeavours to widen access by the two…

  • Students’ accommodation experiences are far from uniform

    8 January 2020 by Vincenzo Raimo

    This blog was kindly contributed by Vincenzo Raimo, Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading and Chief Relationship Officer at Unilodgers. There have been a number of really interesting blog posts recently challenging us all to think about what a university experience in the UK might encompass and how it…

  • Higher education institutions’ responsibilities to students: Post-Study Work visa

    7 January 2020 by Kathy Daniels

    This blog was kindly contributed by Kathy Daniels, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor International, Aston University. The government’s announcement of a new graduate route for international students has been met with approval by higher education institutions. However, what does this mean and what responsibilities does it place on the higher education sector?…

  • Why we need to talk about life expectancy

    6 January 2020 by Nick Hillman

    There are probably lots of issues related to higher education policymaking that we don’t talk enough about. But, for me, the prime one is life expectancy. It links to almost everything. Yet, aside from the consequences for staff pensions, we seemingly never talk about it. Even on pensions, we talk…

  • How accurate were predictions for higher education in 2020?

    3 January 2020 by Rachel Hewitt

    The end of a decade offers the chance to reflect on how higher education policy has changed in the past and where it will go in the future. Higher education has been through a turbulent time in recent years and there is no reason to assume the 2020s will be…

  • Life as a higher education outreach practitioner: frustrations and solutions

    2 January 2020 by Beka Avery

    This blog was kindly contributed by Beka Avery, NCOP Pathways Project Manager. As a higher education outreach practitioner, I try to keep up with the latest research, data and academic insights our field; it is interesting and it is important. But day-to-day I am faced with the challenge and the…