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  • A Test of Spirit for English Higher Education

    7 March 2022 by Diana Beech

    This guest blog was kindly written by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher – the representative body for the UK’s largest regional higher education powerhouse in London. Diana was previously Policy Adviser to the last three Universities Ministers, and you can find her on Twitter at @dianajbeech. The…

  • Employability: A blog series

    4 March 2022 by Saskia Loer Hansen and Kathy Daniels

    The first in this weekly series of blogs on the issue of employability was written by Saskia Loer Hansen, Interim Vice Chancellor, and Professor Kathy Daniels, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, of Aston University. Proposals recently put forward by the Office for Students suggest minimum requirements that universities should meet to deliver positive outcomes…

  • Widening Access is Working: Why won’t we admit it?

    2 March 2022 by Graeme Atherton

    This blog was contributed by Professor Graeme Atherton, Director National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and Head of Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up (CILUP), University of West London. UCAS’s recent end-of-cycle report showed that the number of students going to higher education from the country’s lowest-participation neighbourhoods has increased by more…

  • Higher Education Has Not Been the Great Leveller Blair Envisaged

    1 March 2022 by David Woolley and Kathy Charles

    This blog was contributed by David Woolley, Director of Student and Community Engagement, and Kathy Charles, Executive Dean of Learning and Teaching at Nottingham Trent University. The latest UCAS application figures confirm a trend that has been increasingly apparent in recent years. Despite everything, the demand for higher education, especially amongst…

  • GCSE Thresholds for Eligibility for Student Loans Could Transform Access and Participation

    24 February 2022 by Mary Curnock Cook

    This blog was written by Mary Curnock Cook, Non-Executive Director across the education sector and former Chief Executive of UCAS. You can find Mary on Twitter @MaryCurnockCook. There won’t be many people in the higher education sector who are surprised by the announcements about fees and funding for higher education in England…

  • Evaluation in a time of crisis

    24 March 2021 by Rae Tooth & Richard Shiner

    This blog was kindly contributed by Rae Tooth, Chief Executive at Villiers Park Educational Trust and Richard Shiner, Head of Access and Participation Evaluation at the Office for Students. You can find Rae and Richard on Twitter @raetooth @villierspark and @richard_shiner @officestudents. Our respective journeys through the higher education access…