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  • Universities in Levelling Up Ecosystems

    12 August 2022 by Mike Boxall

    This blog was kindly provided by Mike Boxall (@MikeBoxall1), higher education adviser to PA Consulting. Mike is also a member of the Steering Group for the Universities and Regions Forum established by City-REDI at the University of Birmingham. Mike writes here in a personal capacity. Despite the commitment of many universities…

  • 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…

  • New Recipe, Same Ingredients? For levelling up, proof will be in the pudding

    23 February 2022 by Paul Crawshaw

    This blog was contributed by Paul Crawshaw, Professor of Social Policy and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. On the day the eagerly-anticipated Levelling Up White Paper was published, like many across the sector I took time out to rapidly digest its key messages. I…

  • What influences the geographical mobility behaviour of university graduates?

    14 February 2022 by Kostas Kollydas

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Kostas Kollydas, Research Fellow at City-REDI/ WMREDI, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (@KKollydas, @WMREDI). Introduction University graduates comprise a special subgroup of the workforce, as they accumulate high levels of human capital and can improve a region’s skills base. They can make a positive impact on…

  • The Importance of a Differentiated Sector

    11 February 2022 by Saskia Loer Hansen and David Phoenix

    This blog was kindly contributed by Saskia Loer Hansen, Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, and Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and Chief Executive of LSBU Group. While it was a disappointment that higher education funding was left out of the autumn budget, it was…

  • Universities, Research, Development and Innovation and the Levelling Up White Paper

    10 February 2022 by Giles Carden

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Giles Carden, Chief of Staff at Lancaster University. The Levelling Up the United Kingdom White Paper was finally launched on 2 February 2022. It sets out a complete ‘system change’ of government working, with the aim of levelling up the UK. Central to the new…