16 juin 2019

What will the next Prime Minister think of higher education?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Theresa May has announced the date for her departure and another Tory leadership contest is upon us. While the new Prime Minister’s first focus may not be higher education, the imminent announcement of the post-18 education review means tuition fees are a topic they will likely have to take a stance on, sooner rather than later. More...

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Will new online guidance on ‘facilitating subjects’ help or hinder fair access to highly-selective universities?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The Russell Group have just changed their official guidance for school students. They have moved away from a list of traditional ‘facilitating’ subjects. Instead, they are offering an online tool that gives course-specific guidance on what subjects are essential or useful to get onto different university disciplines. The new Informed Choices website is designed to be less open to misinterpretation than the old list was. More...

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The university has become an anxiety machine

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The degree of overwork is confirmed by a work-life balance survey published by Times Higher Education, as is the extent to which this damages mental health.
Students also recognize that being taught by exhausted and depressed staff impairs their experience of university courses. More...

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The Conservatoire Crisis: suggestions from Oxbridge

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Access and participation amongst state schooled students in UK conservatoires throughout the past years have remained at an all-time low despite major efforts to increase participation. Recent data issued by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) highlights that only 12% of the most deprived state schools have an orchestra, compared to 85% in private schools. Likewise, there has also been a 21% decrease in music provision amongst state schools in the past 5 years whilst the private sector has witnessed a 7% increase. More...

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Oxford University’s sea-change on widening access: leadership and management of a quiet transformation

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"In Lampedusa’s novel, The Leopard, chronicling upheavals in Sicilian society, one of its characters offers this strategic pragmatic counsel, “If we want things to stay the same, things will have to change”.
Oxford University, the oldest English-speaking University in the world, which has itself evolved over nearly one thousand years, has today announced what its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, calls a “sea-change” in admissions. More...

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If we oppose every existing method of assessing the quality of university courses, we should propose some new ones of our own

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The Government is very interested in looking at the earnings of graduates so that, if a course produces low earnings, its value is questioned. But the data on this are poor, showing only how people have done early in their career and ignoring self-employment and those who work abroad. More...

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The success of the Access to HE students is an example of widening participation in action

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The depressing fact, as the recently published Augar Review of post-18 Education and Funding notes, is that the overwhelming majority of young people who do not achieve a level 3 qualification by the age of 18 or 19 never do so. We can no longer afford to leave so many people behind. Instead, we should recognise that rather than making people ‘fit’ university life we must enable more institutions to ‘fit’ the circumstances of many more potential learners. More...

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‘Brave’ leadership in think tanks, politics and universities (including some new data on vice-chancellors’ tenure)

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"At HEPI, we publish around 20 papers a year, host around 30 events and blog nearly every day. Much, if not all of our output, is linked to good leadership.

  • We published a Policy Note towards the end of 2018 on the turnaround of London Metropolitan University, written by their Vice-Chancellor between 2014 and 2018.
  • Earlier this year, we published a report jointly with Jisc on cyber-security, which showed how vulnerable universities’ IT systems can be to penetration testing, or ethical hacking. Given the enormous risks of a big data breach, you would have to be a brave vice-chancellor to ignore such evidence, but in a bad way. More...

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Lunchtime takeaways: 10 points to note in today’s Augar report (including some overlooked ones)

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Despite the competing political stories around, the publication of the Augar review on post-18 education is already leading to acres of coverage and commentary.
At HEPI, we have published an initial responsejudged the recommendations against our original submission to the review and looked specifically at the parts of the report that focus on widening participation. More...

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Initial response to the Augar proposals

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The report that universities and colleges have all been waiting for has finally landed. The immediate focus will be on the proposed reduction in the undergraduate tuition fee cap. But, while important and of particular concern to smaller and specialist institutions, it is just one recommendation among many. The lower fee cap was leaked weeks ago and the recommendation is that the funding shortfall should be made up by taxpayers. So the income spent on each student may not necessarily change much – at least on average and to begin with – even if fees do come down. More...

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