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  • Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 8)

    19 June 2019

    It is easy to be pessimistic about future student demand, given the current environment in which higher education institutions are operating. We often write about the challenges facing the sector. But the slides below are designed to show there are broad grounds for optimism too. (With apologies to Ian Dury…

  • Challenges abound, but so do opportunities – why the MillionPlus voice must be heard

    18 June 2019 by Bill Rammell

    This is a guest blog from Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and the new Chair-elect at MillionPlus. He is also the author of a HEPI report Protecting the Public Interest in Higher Education.  It is always an interesting time in higher education. As a sector that impacts all of society,…

  • What does Augar mean for more equal social access in the UK?

    14 June 2019 by Simon Marginson

    This is a guest blog from Professor Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford and Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education What are the implications of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding (the Augar report) for equal access in UK higher education and…

  • Augar and the Four Horses

    12 June 2019 by Johnny Rich

    A guest blog kindly contributed by Johnny Rich, CEO of the outreach organisation Push At the start of the Augar Review, the panel set out their eight guiding principles. Number four is: “The cost of post-18 education should be shared between taxpayers, employers and learners.” I agree, but, it seems,…

  • All Hail to the Augar

    11 June 2019 by Nick Isles

    This is a guest blog kindly posted by Nick Isles, author and consultant. It took its time but finally the Augar Review has landed. And for the Further Education (FE) sector there is much to celebrate. The review is clear. Enough is enough. No more Cinderella sector. If the UK…

  • Are university boards good enough?

    10 June 2019 by Hugo Dale-Harris

    HEPI and Lloyds Bank recently brought together a range of vice-chancellors, board chairs, finance directors and other sector leaders to discuss the financial challenges facing universities. The backdrop was the recent publication of the Augar review and the enormous current political uncertainty. One theme that shone through was the need…

  • Play Review – Admissions

    8 June 2019 by Shakira Martin

    This play review was kindly contributed by Shakira Martin, NUS President.  I went recently to see the play Admissions, by Joshua Harmon at the Trafalgar Studio in London. Colleagues in the sector had told me how relevant and thought provoking it was, especially in the current times where access and…