Equality and Diversity

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 »

HE policy update w/e 11th August 2017

NSS results HEFCE published the NSS results last week. In their press release they highlight the changes to the survey and the fact that the responses are not comparable with previous years – there were 10 new questions and wording changes to 9 questions. The NUS boycott linked to the TEF affected 12 institutions who… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 28th July 2017

Migration & Brexit – the big news this week was the announcement on Thursday that there would be a major study of EU workers and the role that they play in the UK economy and society.  This has been welcomed although there has been criticism of the timing (it should have been started before and… Read more »

Students’ Union Partnerships for Widening Participation (WP)

An online resource has been published to support Students’ Unions, Universities and others in the HE sector to build stronger research partnerships, in order to work and learn together for WP research, policy and practice. This resource has been created to share the findings of a BU project which aimed to establish the best ways… Read more »