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Higher education in 2016

23 December 2015
As we bid farewell to 2015, we look ahead to some of the big issues that will be affecting higher education in 2016.

Happy students standing outside a traditional university building

Social return from universities

21 December 2015
It is all too tempting when trying to describe the impact of universities to resort to monetary measures – and these can be very powerful.


An evidence-based approach to tackling gender-based violence

18 December 2015
Members of AMOSSHE (the Student Services Organisation) welcome the specific focus that the UUK Harassment and Hate Crime Taskforce have placed on gender-based violence.


EU copyright reform – Baby steps or a big leap into the digital future?

17 December 2015
The European Commission has just released its long awaited communication on modernising the EU copyright rules.

csr document

Innovation funding and universities: beyond the CSR headlines

17 December 2015
The comprehensive spending review (CSR) brought about significant announcements on innovation funding, including a commitment to maintain support for Innovate UK (IUK) in cash terms and under a separate funding stream over the next 5 years

student experience

Continuing to enhance the student experience

16 December 2015
Last week, I spoke at UUK’s Enhancing the Student Experience Conference. I was involved in setting up the very first Student Experience Conference back in 2007,

international students

A message from international students

15 December 2015
The views of thousands of international undergraduate students expressed in new research commissioned by the International Unit give the UK the highest satisfaction ratings amongst comparator countries.

Birmingham Town Hall

England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

14 December 2015
Universities have direct and indirect effects in the economic, cultural and social spheres in the towns and cities in which we live, writes Professor Julian Beer.

HM Treasury

Students and the spending review

11 December 2015
The spending review has certainly given those involved in higher education plenty to think about, with many still chewing over the wide range of announcements and what they may mean for universities and students.

green paper

An independent provider response to The Green Paper

10 December 2015
As Vice-Chancellor of an independent, charitable, alternative provider, I welcome the publication of a green paper that heralds real change.