International students

HE policy update for the w/e 12th January 2018

Cabinet Reshuffle Out with the old and in with the new…the cabinet reshuffle this week brings changes for HE. Goodbye to Jo Johnson as he departs from the Universities Minister role to become Minister of State for Transport and Minister for London. Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, reflects on Johnson’s legacy in the Times Higher,… 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 »

Newly published article on international students and their placement experience

Dear colleagues, we are very pleased to announce that an article from a CEL funded project written by Kelly Goodwin and myself (Marcellus Mbah) has been published online in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. Title: Enhancing the work placement experience of international students: towards a support framework Abstract: This article reports the findings from an… 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 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 31st March 2017

This week has of course been all about Brexit with the Article 50 notice formally served on Wednesday.   Bu published information for staff and students on Wednesday. Then the White Paper setting out the plans for the Great Repeal Bill which will deal with arrangements to make UK law work once the UK has left… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 10th February 2017

The Chair for the Office for Students (OfS) has been confirmed as Sir Michael Barber, Wonkhe profile his career here. Recruitment for the OfS Chief Executive is underway. Higher Education and Research Bill– amendments are being submitted for the House of Lords report stage. One focusses on students and academic staff at HE providers stating… Read more »

HE Policy update w/e 3rd February 2017

Higher Education and Research Bill – the House of Lords committee stage has finished with no further amendments (other than non-controversial and welcome government amendments). Unlike in the House of Commons, where time was more limited and there was a great deal of focus on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), student loans, the impact of… Read more »