Equality and Diversity

HE policy update for the w/e 26th January 2018

It’s been a busy bee week. We have oodles of news for you, feel free to scan through and find the sections that are most interesting to you! Ministerial update The new Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah, has been more active this week. The HE Review The much heralded and still elusive HE Review was a… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 5th January 2018

Welcome to the first policy update of 2018!  Parliament is in recess until Monday 8th so there has been less activity this week. Nevertheless, here is your slimline summary of the activity since our last update. Office for Students The Office for Students (OfS) officially came into existence this week. The final 6 members of… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 15th December 2017

Despite Sarah and Jane donning their sparkly Christmas jumpers there has been no let up this week – here is your fully stuffed pre-Christmas policy update (and not a turkey in sight)!  We’ll be back in the New Year unless anything really exciting happens next week Accelerated Degrees The long awaited consultation on accelerated degrees… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 8th December 2017

Fees and funding – the latest developments The fees and funding discussions continue with some interesting developments this week. Firstly, there was a written response by the Minister  -responding to the Resolution of the House on 13th September 2017 on tuition fees (the non-binding one that was essentially passed unanimously because no Conservative MPs attended). … Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 24th November 2017

Industrial Strategy A little bit late this week, but that gave us the opportunity to include a reference to the Industrial Strategy, launched today. It has just been published and you can find it here. From all the discussion, and Greg’ Clark’s interview on Radio 4 this morning, it sounds as if it hasn’t moved… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 17th November 2017

Welcome! There’s a veritable feast of HE policy for you to enjoy this week – lots on the budget and fees and funding, another section of the OfS consultation including quality, consumer protection, student protection plans and student transfers, and an update on engagement with schools. Fees, loans, funding – and the Budget Philip Hammond’s… Read more »

BU HE policy update w/e 29th September 2017

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Non-Executive Board On Thursday Jo Johnson announced the non-executive members of the UKRI Board. Sir John Kingman (Chair of UKRI) is the Legal and General Group Chairman and Former Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury Fiona Driscoll (UKRI Audit Committee Chair) is Chair of the Audit Committee of Nuffield Health… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 15th September

REF 2021 As we noted last week, on 1st September 2017 HEFCE published the initial decisions on REF 2021. This does not include decisions regarding submitting staff, output portability or the eligibility of institutions to participate in the REF. There is another consultation on those issues and BU’s response is being prepared by RKEO –… Read more »

HE Policy Update w/e 25th August 2017

Immigration, International Students and Brexit The government have commissioned a series of assessments and reviews of the impact of immigration policy and Brexit via the Migration Advisory Committee: Call for evidence and briefing note: EEA-workers in the UK labour market – we will be responding on the HE questions via UCEA and UUK and we… Read more »