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  • Research and teaching – joined at the hip or driven apart?

    5 December 2016

    This guest blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Professor John Vinney, the Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University. The lack of attention given to teaching by universities, in contrast to research, is one of the reasons for the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). While most people working in the sector…

  • Why the Office for Budget Responsibility is almost certainly wrong

    24 November 2016

    The independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) makes forecasts for future student numbers because of the knock-on consequences for public expenditure. I have pointed out the apparent pessimism in their forecasts more than once before – see here and here – and have also visited them to discuss their figures. We…

  • BTEC: why it’s important to Universities, Employers, Students…and Pearson too

    18 November 2016 by Rod Bristow

    This guest blog has been kindly provided by Rod Bristow, President, Core Markets for Pearson. A College to Career Pathway for Students in Britain and the World  This week, we are publishing the annual data for nearly three-quarters of a million BTEC qualifications taken in the past academic year. The…

  • Who are Jo Johnson’s Numskulls?*

    16 November 2016

    Source: http://ukcomics.wikia.com/wiki/The_Numskulls The recent WonkHE Power List 2016 was a bit of fun with a serious purpose. Asking who wields influence over any policy area is a really good question – even though, as with all the other higher education league tables, we can argue over the results. (I declare an…

  • How Philip Hammond could turn £1 of spending into £22 of savings

    12 November 2016

    In New Zealand, the third arrest of a student loan defaulter has recently taken place and a new data matching arrangement to identify defaulters resident in Australia has begun. The UK could learn from these successful initiatives. Like the UK, New Zealand faces severe challenges in recouping student debt, particularly when…

  • How long do vice-chancellors stay in post?

    3 November 2016

    HEPI has undertaken a small piece of desk research on the tenure of university leaders over the past half a century. For a full explanation of the chart below, see the new blog outlining the research on the Times Higher website. Postscript (added 4th November, 2016): We generally aim to make…

  • Stop wasting time and money by making outreach work

    26 October 2016

    This guest blog has been kindly provided by David Woolley, Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach at Nottingham Trent University. If you are lucky, there may be a few times in your career when you are given the opportunity to really make an impact. For those of us working…

  • A considered view of the Diamond review of university funding in Wales

    12 October 2016 by Lucy Hunter Blackburn

    This guest blog on Ian Diamond’s review of university funding in Wales has been kindly provided by Lucy Hunter Blackburn, who is a Freelance researcher and postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh as well as the author of the 2015 HEPI paper Whose to Lose?: Citizens, institutions and the ownership of…

  • Is there anything left to say on grammar schools? Maybe just one thing…

    30 September 2016

    A lot of nonsense has been expressed on both sides in the debate on grammar schools. But it can still be summed up like this: one side claims to have all the evidence while the other flounders when asked to provide any. Given this imbalance, the interesting question is not who is…