Widening participation

HE policy update for the w/e 11th May 2018

Fees and funding Loans and parental contributions – The implication of the means-tested maintenance loan is that parents will make up the difference for those not receiving the full loan (ie if parental income is over £25,000)– parents are not always expecting or planning for this and sometimes parents are unable in practice to make up… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 27th April 2018

HE review deadline approaches – the latest on fees and funding Thank you to the staff and students who responded to the HE review survey that we ran before and after Easter, we are preparing our response and will use the data from the survey to inform it. We asked respondents for their top 3… Read more »

13th June CELebrate2018: Teaching, Technology and the TEF (keynote speaker Sarah Knight from JISC)

  This year our CEL ‘CELebration’ events were Faculty based with a series of Faculty led Assessment and Feedback fiestas, conferences and laboratories. For CELebrate2018, the key theme that arose from working with staff across the University, was working with large groups. In this year’s CELebrate symposium, we are convening a range of different opportunities… Read more »

HE Policy update for the w/e 29th March 2018

Industrial Strategy The Creative Industries Sector Deal has been announced.  You can read the document here.  The press release says: As part of a Creative Industries Sector Deal, to be announced today by the Digital and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Co-Chair of the CIC, Nicola Mendelsohn, more than £150 million is being… Read more »

Mind the gap: Exploring students experiences of their transition from school to university

Socio-emotional intelligence within Higher Education is Dr Camila Devis-Rozental’s area of expertise. Within her research she identified that the university environment, its organisation and staff have an impact on the development of students’ SEI. Since transitions are difficult and can affect students’ sense of self, confidence and motivation, this symposium aimed at university staff explores the… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 23rd March 2018

HE Review The major review of HE was announced in late February (see policy update 23 Feb 2018 for our analysis). It’s a Department for Education review supported by an independent panel with an advisory role. The independent panel, led by Philip Augar, have opened a consultation and evidence gathering exercise inviting responses from the… Read more »

Academic Survey – Supporting Students’ Health and Wellbeing

How are students’ health and wellbeing needs being supported at BU?  BU Academic staff are invited to complete a short anonymous survey which aims to explore how academics at BU understand their role in supporting students’ health and wellbeing. The survey will be open until 22 March and is available by clicking here – it… Read more »

HE Policy update for the w/e 23rd February 2018

It has been a busy week with the launch of the “major review of HE fees and funding” (except it may not be…) on Monday and a deluge of commentary and calls for change to follow. And other things happened too. Major Review of HE The much announced, long postponed HE “major” review is finally… Read more »