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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 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 »

HE policy update w/e 6th October (belated)

As the focus of the conference season for HE has been fees, loans and debt, we have a slightly delayed policy update with a catch up on this complicated issue, with a few hints of other things to come in our regular update at the end of the week. Discussions about student finance have dominated… Read more »

HE Policy update w/e 22nd September 2017

Fees debate Last week started with the Sunday Times headline suggesting that the government would reduce tuition fees to £7500 and then the debate that has been continuing all summer boiled over briefly. You can read more about it on Wonkhe here.  Headline grabbing policies on tuition fees are apparently fed by the view that… Read more »

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

REF 2021 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 – please contact Julie Northam if… 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 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 »

HE policy update w/e 21st July 2017

REF 2021 and outcome of Stern Review – staff selection A blog from David Sweeney on Wonkhe sets out the approach to staff selection post Stern. At BU we wanted all staff to be returned to avoid pressure on the sector to shift staff to teaching only contracts. The new definition will be “all staff with… Read more »

HE Policy Update w/e 14th July 2017

Learning gain pilot projects – HEFCE published the first annual report looking at the 13 pilot projects that are looking at how to measure learning gain and the value of the data that such measurements will produce.  The final reports won’t be for a while – and then it will be interesting to see what… Read more »