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  • How can institutions best account for the value they deliver?

    12 November 2019 by Nigel Seaton

    This blog is an edited transcript of a speech delivered by Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Abertay University, at the PwC / HEPI conference on the 18th October. PwC are longstanding supporters of research into the Higher Education sector, and without their support the conference would not…

  • Can Edtech help with student wellbeing and mental health?

    5 November 2019 by Mary Curnock Cook

    This blog was kindly contributed by Mary Curnock Cook who chairs the Advisory Board for the Student Room’s development project and the university pilots. Worries about students’ mental health and wellbeing are seldom far from the news and the higher education sector is taking seriously what seems to be a spiralling increase in low wellbeing and poor mental health. Now, three universities are piloting a technology-driven approach to tackling the problem. Back in…

  • Book review: Taking Up Space

    4 November 2019 by Rachel Hewitt

    There is a fairly clear consensus in higher education that we have a lot of work to do to tackle racial inequality. Students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (a controversial classification in its own right) have poorer experiences at university than White students. Numbers of Black academics are…

  • More thoughts on the student vote (and pricking some of the nonsense)

    1 November 2019 by Nick Hillman

    Since the House of Commons agreed to an election on 12 December, there has been lots of interest in the student vote. Nonsense Lots of the chatter has been nonsensical. For example, people who used to claim that the newish individual electoral registration system would lead to lots of students…

  • Should student reps be paid?

    30 October 2019 by Michael Natzler

    "The very same universities that oppose unpaid work often rely on unpaid student reps themselves."