student loans

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 »

HE policy update for the w/c 20th October 2017

The Department of Education have been very busy preparing many, many pages of consultation for us – and then have downplayed it by talking about freedom of speech (and not much else).  BU’s TEF result is in the press.  And universities generated £95 billion of gross output in the economy in 2014-15 OfS Regulation –… 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 »

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 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 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 7th July 2017

Office for Students Nicola Dandridge (currently Chief Executive of Universities UK) has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Office for Students (OfS). Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, said: “Nicola Dandridge’s knowledge and experience will be key for this important role…The OfS will replace an outdated regulatory system with a framework that… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 24th March 2017

Dear all Higher Education and Research Bill – the third reading of the Bill in the House of Lords was scheduled for Wednesday and was about to start when the attack took place in Westminster, so the session was cancelled. It has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 4th April.  The current version of the bill… Read more »

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

Brexit: Research Professional illustrates the Brexit threats to research positioning and job losses by highlighting the difficulties facing an EU astronomy consortium. The consortium represents seven countries, led by the UK, but will move headquarters to an EU member state from January 2021. The move means the UK will lose the project’s leadership and the… Read more »