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English, National/National politics/National assembly, 19 seasons, 217 episodes, 6 days, 11 hours, 43 minutes
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Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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Politics, UCAS, cost of living, cheating

This week on the podcast we have a new minister at the Department for Education - but will she be around for long enough to make a difference? Plus there’s new applications data from UCAS, a coming cost of living crisis for students, a new report on academic governance and evidence suggesting a growing cheating problem in online exams - can anything be done to stop it?With Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Aashish Khadia, Director of Planning at University of Leicester, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief, Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/202239 minutes, 49 seconds
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Politics, NSS, grade inflation, access

This week on the podcast we attempt to keep up with the drama at No.10. What does it all mean for higher education? Plus this year’s NSS results are out, the sector tries to get a grip on grade inflation and there’s a new report out on Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.With Alistair Jarvis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance) at the University of London, Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202245 minutes, 35 seconds
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Equality charters, free speech, staff and tech, Labour and fees

This week on the podcast there’s a ministerial intervention over equality charters in the name of free speech. How should universities respond?Plus there’s new research on staff views of technology, and big questions over Labour’s policy on fees and funding as speculation mounts about a snap election.With Martha Horler, Head of Registry Services & Business Intelligence at Futureworks, Johnny Rich, CEO at the Engineering Professors' Council, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/202245 minutes, 29 seconds
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Graduate wellbeing, student housing, free speech

This week on the podcast graduate anxiety is on the rise and feelings of dissatisfaction and low worth are becoming more prevalent. What’s going on?Plus major changes to the student rental housing market are coming, and there’s new polling out on students and free speech.With Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy at HEPI, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202243 minutes, 32 seconds
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Public accounts committee, belonging, student financial support, free speech

This week on the podcast MPs are struggling to pin universities’ problems on the right body - where does responsibility lie when things go wrong? There’s also the next phase of our research on belonging with Pearson, a fall (in England) to dramatic new lows for student financial support, and the free speech bill clears the commons.Plus we listen in as George Freeman and Ottoline Leyser appear at the Commons Science and Technology Committee, and hot off the press there’s some new graduates outcomes figures out from HESA.With Ben Elger, Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Selena Bolingbroke, Director of Sighthound Consultancy, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Student experience, free speech, microcredentials

This week on the podcast the 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey is out - has the student experience bounced back post-pandemic? Plus we discover that free speech is alive and well on UK campuses, we think big about microcredentials and there’s some interesting new data out on innovation and outreach.With Marian Hilditch, academic registrar at the University of Bradford, Amatey Doku, consultant with Moorhouse, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/202250 minutes, 36 seconds
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OfS investigations, uni leadership, skills

This week on the podcast OfS has launched eight investigations into suspected poor quality courses. What happens next? Plus VCs seem to be lasting longer than before, and there’s a raft of new reports out on skills.With Ant Bagshaw, Partnerships Director at OES, Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive at MillionPlus, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/202240 minutes, 17 seconds
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Wokery, LEO, grade inflation

This week on the podcast the press and politicians have been attacking the Race Equality Charter - how should universities respond? Plus there’s some interesting new LEO data out on the industries in which graduates are working, and OfS has published new figures on grade inflation.With Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Greenwich, Clare Adams, Head of Education Strategy at Handshake, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/202244 minutes, 53 seconds
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REF results, Queen’s speech, Access all areas

This week on the podcast the results of the Research Excellence Framework have been published - what do they mean and how should the exercise change?Plus a higher education bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech, and we reflect on our Access All Areas event where we discussed the big issues with OfS’ John Blake.With Carl Lygo, Vice Chancellor of Arden University, Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/202247 minutes, 37 seconds
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Complaints, consultations, student suicide, in-person teaching

This week on a heavily West Midlands infused podcast, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator has published its annual report - what is it telling us about complaints and consumerism in HE? Plus sector bodies have been publishing their responses to the English HE reform proposals, there’s a new report out on student suicide and information sharing, and Michelle Donelan is putting “boots on the ground” over in-person teaching.With Selena Bolingbrooke, HE consultant, Lawrie Phipps, Senior Research Lead at Jisc, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/202250 minutes, 39 seconds
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Blair, spiking, minimum entry, free speech

This week on the podcast the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has argued for 70 per cent HE participation - but are interventions from Blair doing more harm than good? Plus the Home Affairs committee reports on spiking, IFS has a report on student loans and Michelle Donelan has been talking about free speech.With Paul Greatrix, University of Nottingham Registrar, Diana Beech, Chief Executive at London Higher, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/202245 minutes, 38 seconds
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Covid harms, Michelle Donelan, Scandinavia

This week on the podcast we’re in Scandinavia learning about student representation, student rights, brewing societies and campus ombuds. Plus there’s a report out in Scotland on Covid harms in HE, and Michelle Donelan has published views on NDAs, mental heath and precarity.With Evie Croxford, President at Sheffield SU, Becky Ricketts, President at NUS Wales, Gary Hughes, CEO at Durham SU and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202236 minutes, 54 seconds
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Grad jobs, staffing, China, student finance

This week on the podcast the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has published its annual Student Development Survey - what does it tell us about graduate jobs and skills? Plus we discuss staffing in the sector, a new report from HEPI on China, and institution-level student financial support.With Helen O’Sullivan, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Chester, Pete Quinn, independent higher education consultant, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/202243 minutes, 44 seconds
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Spring statement, UKRI strategy, social mobility

This week on the podcast Rishi Sunak has delivered his spring statement, and we get across the politics, the policies and the implications for universities and students. Plus UKRI has a new strategy out, and HEPI has published a new version of a social mobility index for universities.With Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202243 minutes, 48 seconds
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Quality, demand, blended, disabled students

This week on the podcast the Office for Students’ consultations on quality have closed - what has the sector been saying? We’ve been kicking off a debate about meeting demand for HE in the next decade and whether student number controls are part of the answer. Plus OfS has launched a review into blended learning, and there’s two new reports on disabled students.With Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, Kate Wicklow, Policy Manager at Guild HE, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/202252 minutes
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Ukraine, Augar, Digifest, Admissions

This week on the podcast we discuss the crisis in Ukraine and what universities can do,  and would like to do if only the home office allowed it. There's also Phillip Augar on the government's response to his review, a new admissions code, a look at university finances via the National Audit Office and DK's been to digifest. With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham; Laura Tamara, Co-President at BedsSU; David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202245 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sexual misconduct, quality, belonging, drugs

This week on the podcast the Office for Students has new conditions on quality and standards - but what does it all mean? Universities UK has published new guidance on staff-to-student sexual misconduct - does it go far enough? There’s also a look at our research with Pearson on belonging, and a new HEPI report on drugs.With Michelle Morgan, Dean of Students at the University of East London, Andrew Hargreaves, co-founder of DataHE, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Augar response special

This week on the podcast it’s a special edition as the government publishes its response to Phillip Augar’s Post-18 review of fees and funding. We dive into what has been (and hasn’t been) announced, think through some of the implications for universities and students, and consider the politics of everything from the Lifelong Loan Entitlement to freezing fees. And there’s also an interesting announcement on PQA.With Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor; Jim Dickinson, David Kernohan and Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editors; and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/202244 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Secret Life of Students 2022

This week on the podcast there’s a bunch of highlights from our student experience conference in London. We hear results from the Student Futures Commission and research on belonging, examples of student and SU led-projects on diversity, insights from generational research and reflections from the outgoing CEO of the Office for Students.With Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive at the Office for Students, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio,Vice President (HE) at NUS, Mary Curnock Cook, Chair of the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission, Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute King's College London, Richard Brabner, Director at the UPP Foundation, Omar Khan, Director of the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in HE, Shuab Gamote Project Manager at The Union MMU, Dani Bradford, Policy and Research Manager Students' Union UCL, Calum Sherwood, Senior Policy and Research Officer at Arts Students' Union, Georgia Spencer, Welfare Officer at Arts Students'​ Union, Syeda Zara Haram, Vice President Education, Herts SU, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202243 minutes, 11 seconds
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Access and participation, blended, careers, student finance

This week on the podcast there’s a new Director for Fair Access and Participation at OfS, and we’ve published new research on blended learning and careers.Plus the IFS says the government is tightening the screws on students, and UUK is doing work on drugs.With Graeme Atherton, University of West London and NEON, Zuleikha Chikh, SU President at University of Central Lancaster, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/202249 minutes, 8 seconds
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Levelling up, black students in halls, disabled students

This week on the podcast we go searching for a role for higher education in the levelling up agenda.There’s also interesting new reports out on race and disability ahead of our Secret Life of Students event.With Amatey Doku, Consultant at NOUS, Selena Bolingbroke, Independent Consultant, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202236 minutes
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Student numbers, assessment, third years, blended

This week on the podcast we’re crunching numbers as HESA spring tells us about the size and shape of the sector in 2020/21, and UCAS end of cycle data gives us a sense of where we are this year. Who’s up, who’s down, and does it matter?We’re also thinking about assessment, considering the plight of third year students, looking at QAA research on blended learning and Dame Shirley Pearce gives Debbie the lowdown on the TEF review.With Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS Vice President for Higher Education, Lawrie Phipps, Senior Research Lead at Jisc, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Outcomes, TEF, NDAs

This week on the podcast we’re discussing the Office for Students’ new proposals on the outcomes that universities will have to deliver for students. Are they the right way to judge quality?Plus OfS has a new design for the Teaching Excellence Framework, and Michelle Donelan is urging universities to outlaw the use of NDAs.With Mary Curnock Cook, Chair of the Student Futures Commission, Ben Archibald, General Manager at the Union of Students in Ireland, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/20/202240 minutes, 51 seconds
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Omicron, access, harassment, NSS

This week on the podcast we’re back after the break being told that there’s “no excuses” for online learning. How is the sector handling Omicron?We’re also reflecting on exhortations from ministers on improving attainment in schools, reading up on UCU’s new report on harassment on campus, and trying to work out what’s going on with the National Student Survey.And DK has an update on the ARIA bill, and there's also the triumphant return of Yes, but does it correlate?With Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton, Ben Vulliamy, Chief Executive at York University Students’ Union, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/13/202246 minutes, 18 seconds
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Plan B, admissions, staffing, “one nation”

This week on our Christmassy podcast, England has moved to plan B - but what does that mean for students and universities? The UCAS end of cycle report is out - what does a bumper year for high tariff providers mean for their local areas and the test of the sector? Plus there’s new reports on staffing in higher education, the idea of a “one nation” university, and Wonkhe’s bid for the Christmas #1.With Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy at the University of Salford, Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice at the University of Manchester, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202155 minutes, 7 seconds
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Strikes, blended, transfers

This week on the podcast industrial action has begun across the sector - how should universities mitigate any impact on students? There’s also a new briefing out on digital delivery from Universities UK, and new figures on student transfers.With Emily McIntosh, Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at the University of Middlesex; Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor at The Open University; David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe; Jamie Melrose, President of the University of Bristol UCU branch; and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202139 minutes, 41 seconds
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Access and participation, social mobility, student loans

This week on the podcast there’s a new director for fair access and participation at the Office for Students - what will that mean for students and universities?Plus IFS has some fascinating new data out on social mobility, there’s a new report out on what graduates think about student loans and on Hidden History we look at how women came to study in the sector.With Anne-Marie Canning, Chief Executive at the Brilliant Club, Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor and President at the University of Sussex, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202140 minutes, 26 seconds
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Regulation, industrial action, PGTs

This week on the podcast we consider the future of regulation of universities, and wonder who gets to decide the "student interest". Plus UCU have announced strike dates, Advance HE has published the results of this year's PTES and on Hidden History we look back at student disciplinary procedures from a different age.With Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton, Neil Mackenzie, Associate Director Membership at Sheffield Students'​ Union, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202139 minutes, 9 seconds
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OfS, COP, student experience, antisemitism

This week on the podcast OfS chief Nicola Dandridge is stepping down - what next for regulation of higher education?There’s also news from COP, some new stats on the student experience, and concern over antisemitism on campus.With Sue Rigby, vice chancellor at Bath Spa University, Jonathan Grant, Director of Different Angles, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief of Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202144 minutes, 27 seconds
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White paper, Wales, PRES, ONS

This week on the podcast we ask if we’re getting an HE white paper for Christmas, and look at polling on the politics of fees, funding and maintenance. Plus Wales has a new Bill, and there’s new data on PGRs and undergrads - both of which appear to signal an intractable mental health crisis across the sector. What can be done?With Osama Khan, PVC Education at the University of Surrey, Debbie Holley, Professor of Learning Innovation at Bournemouth University, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202144 minutes, 40 seconds
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Spiking, R&D, COP26, specialist providers

This week on the podcast we consider the spate of "student spiking" stories and the student-led campaigns to improve safety in venues.There’s also some new reports on research and development in the run up to the spending review, universities have been making climate commitments in the run up to COP 26 and OfS is consulting on funding for specialist providers.With Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive at Million Plus, Pete Quinn, inclusion consultant, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/202134 minutes, 7 seconds
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Skills, social mobility, black grads, free speech

This week on the podcast we’re tracking the progress of the Skills Bill and keeping an eye on efforts to redefine social mobility. There’s also a new report out on black graduates, OfS has been talking about how it will regulate in the future and we reflect on where you draw the line over free speech.With Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, Johnny Rich, CEO at the Engineering Professors' Council, David Kernohan and Jim Dickinson, Associate Editors at Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202148 minutes, 21 seconds
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Conservative conference, spelling, essay mills, diversity training

This week on the podcast we’re reflecting on a few days at Conservative Party conference. Have we found out what levelling up means?Plus OfS launches a report on spelling, essay mills are to be banned in England and we consider whether online diversity training is more hassle than it’s worth.With Selena Bolingbroke, Consulting Fellow with the Halpin Partnership, Amatey Doku,  Consultant at the Nous Group, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/7/202149 minutes, 3 seconds
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Spending review, party conferences, graduate outcomes, posters

This week on the podcast we’re looking ahead to the comprehensive spending review and proposals to lower the graduate repayment threshold. We also discuss party conference season, a new index on graduate outcomes and we discover the posters that were on everyone’s walls as a student.With Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer at London Higher, Aashish Khadia, Director of Planning at the University of Leicester, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202143 minutes, 45 seconds
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Industrial action, humanities, LGBT+ students, free speech bill

This week on the podcast UCU are balloting for industrial action over pay and pensions - does it signal a bleak midwinter for the sector?Plus HEPI has a new report out on the humanities, there’s new data on LGBT+ applicants and the Free Speech bill completes its committee stage. With Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Cambridge, Mary Curnock Cook, serial non-exec director and Chair of the UPP Student Futures Commission, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent and presented by Wonkhe’s own Jim Dickinson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202143 minutes, 46 seconds
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Reshuffle, groupings, graduates

This week on the podcast we have a new Secretary of State and a promotion for the universities minister to discuss. Plus we’ve started a big debate about sector groupings, there’s new research on where graduates end up and Hidden History looks at the rules governing student conduct after the war. With Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, VP Higher Education at NUS, Andrew Hargreaves, dataHE founder, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/202138 minutes, 36 seconds
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Gavin Williamson, UCAS data, student futures, international

We're back for a new season as Gavin Williamson addresses Universities UK conference - did he give anything away about the upcoming spending review? Plus there's UCAS data in an odd year for Clearing, an interim report from the Student Futures Commission, two new reports on international students and Hidden History looks at old student conduct rules that might be just as applicable today.With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, Sunday Blake, from the Strategic Delivery Unit at the University of Exeter, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, David Kernohan, Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202149 minutes, 28 seconds
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Summer special - building back student experience

In association with Routledge, we've assembled some special guests from the field of higher education research, pedagogy and leadership to explore how we build student experience back in the year ahead.Hosted by Wonkhe's editor Debbie McVitty, and featuring Wonkhe associate editor Jim Dickinson, co-editor of A handbook for student engagement in higher education Tom Lowe, Internationalisation in HE series editor Elspeth Jones, and Queen Mary University of London vice principal Stephanie Marshall.Routledge is offering an exclusive discount to Wonkhe Show listeners - head over to the Wonkhe Show special edition page on their site to find out more, meet the authors featured, and browse for titles, including those mentioned in the show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/202157 minutes, 7 seconds
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Reopening, skills, UCAS figures, NDAs

This week on the final podcast of the season we review campus reopening guidance from across the UK. What happens when the balance between freedom and safety becomes universities’ problem? Plus the skills bill gets read for a second time in the Commons, there’s new UCAS figures to take a look at, and Michelle Donelan has been writing letters about non-disclosure agreements.With Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202141 minutes, 19 seconds
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Finances, digital skills, careers, BLM, September

This week on the podcast we consider the state of the sector’s finances. Did the dire predictions of a sector in financial crisis come close to happening? There’s also new research on students’ digital skills, some careers confidence stats, plus we catch up with SU evidence into the Student Futures Commission and our Black Lives Matter event. With Diana Beech, Chief Exec at London Higher, and Ben Villiamy, Chief Exec at the University of York Students’ Union and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor.Link to shownotes on Wonkhe.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/202138 minutes, 59 seconds
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Value for money, science, PG access, white working class

This week on the podcast the results of this year’s HEPI/Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey are out. Did students think that this year represented “value for money” and how can universities with their mental health? Plus there’s a new government science office, a report on postgraduate widening participation and that ongoing controversy over white working class children.With Marian Hilditch, Deputy Academic Registrar at the University of Bradford and Chair of SROC, Jonathan Grant, Professor of Public Policy at the Policy Institute King’s College London and Director of Different Angles, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/202145 minutes, 51 seconds
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Skills bill, examnishambles, roadmap delay

This week on the podcast we catch up with the Skills Bill and its second reading in the Lords - and sense big debates to come over fees, funding and creative subjects. We’re also finding out more about last year’s examnishambles and there's the delayed roadmap to freedom - what does that mean for HE? With Mary Curnock Cook, Chair of the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission, Mark Essex, Director of Skills at KPMG, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202143 minutes, 17 seconds
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The best of Wonkfest

This week on the podcast we’ve got a clutch of highlights from Wonkfest. We consider how universities can build back higher, bridge the digital divide and inject care in the university community. We also think about the university of the high street and consider how we might create a stronger sense of belonging on campus.With Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe, Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, and Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Plus contributions from Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, Simone Buitendijk, Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, vice president for higher education at NUS, Steven Spier, Vice Chancellor of Kingston University, Janice Kay, Provost at the University of Exeter, Kate Tapper, leadership coach, Becky Thomson, President at Christ Church Students Union, Joe Cooper, Deputy Director for HR at Imperial College, and Sunday Blake, President of University of Exeter Students’ Guild. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202143 minutes, 24 seconds
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Loans, geography and employment, drama, September

This week on the podcast we discuss student loans - should the interest rate go up or come down, and where’s the balance between politics and progressivity? There’s also a new dataset from OfS to crunch, a spate of misconduct cases at Drama schools that may have sector-wide implications, lessons to learn from successfully containing Covid at Cambridge and the launch of a new Black women's professors’ network.With Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance) Advance HE and Chair of BPP University, Steph Lomas, UCLan SU VP Education, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor, Alice Chilver, CEO of WHEN and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/3/202151 minutes, 42 seconds
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Augar, credit, student futures, apprenticeships

This week on the podcast we try to make sense of ongoing speculation about fees and funding in England as we move towards an Autumn response to the Augar review. There’s also a new report out on academic credit that may be more important than first meets the eye, news from the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission and polling on what students have missed out on this year, and UCAS has a new report out on apprenticeships. Plus Hidden History looks at higher level learning.With Helen O'Sullivan, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Chester, Johnny Rich, Chief Executive at the Engineering Professors Council, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/202147 minutes, 56 seconds
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“Dead end” courses, skills bill, September

This week on the podcast Gavin Williamson has been offering up his views on “dead-end courses” and OfS has published a measure that might tell us how to find one. There’s also a skills bill to digest, some data issues to dive into, a couple of free speech cases to learn from and September is coming - but what are universities saying will be delivered? With Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, Gary Hughes, Chief Exec of Durham Students’ Union, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/202152 minutes, 32 seconds
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Free speech, Queen’s speech, admissions, transitions

This week on the podcast the government has introduced a new Higher Education Bill into parliament - but do its proposals on academic freedom and freedom of speech stack up? There’s also a range of other measures in the Queen’s speech to consider, and as the deadline for the government’s admissions review looms, we take the temperature of responses from across the sector.With Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Chris Shelley. Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/202145 minutes, 24 seconds
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Racism, sex, drugs and controversial ideas

This week on the podcast the Commons Education Committee raises antisemitism with Michelle Donelan and BBC3 airs a documentary on racism in the sector. Is real progress being made? Plus there’s new findings out on students and sex and drugs, and the long-awaited Jornal of Controversial Ideas has its first edition out - but is it as edgy as it thinks?With Eunice Simmons, VC at the University of Chester, Ben Ward, CEO at the University of Manchester SU, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe and Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202142 minutes, 32 seconds
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Return to campus, inclusive assessment, sex work, London

This week on the podcast we consider the implications of the government’s announcement on return to campus. There’s also a debate rumbling round on inclusive assessment, a reported rise in students engaging in sex work, and news of a new campaign on London weighting.With Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Sunday Blake, President at Exeter Students' Guild, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202152 minutes, 5 seconds
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The New Power University

Our usual podcast format is on its Easter break, so this week there’s an opportunity to enjoy highlights from the launch of a new book on the social purpose of higher education in the 21st century.In The New Power University, Jonathan Grant argues that to remake the social contract between universities and the public, universities must embrace “new power” values that focus on participation, networks governance and radical transparency.With Jonathan Grant, Author of The New Power University and Professor of Public Policy at the Policy Institute, King’s College London; Henry Timms, co-author of New Power; former universities minister Jo Johnson; ‘Funmi Olonisakin, vice principal international at King’s College London; and chaired by Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe. There’s also a link to the full video version of the event on the site. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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Student choice, Student Futures, happiness

This week on the podcast UCAS has some new findings out on supporting students to make good (higher education) choices.Wales has its own Erasmus replacement, Northern Ireland has a brain drain, Mary Curnock Cook appears to discuss the new Student Futures Commission from the UPP Foundation that she’s chairing, and a happiness course at Bristol brings a smile to the face. Plus Mike Ratcliffe tells the story of Oxford’s Masters degrees on Hidden History.With Gavan Conlon, partner at London Economics, Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/202150 minutes, 22 seconds
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Science, admissions, protest, tertiary

This week on the podcast the government’s integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy puts science and technology at the centre of international relations. But where do universities fit into that agenda?There’s also an interesting new HEPI report on admissions to get across, the threat of the silencing of student protest posed by the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill and a new report on the relationship between colleges and universities. Plus Mike Ratcliffe’s Hidden History looks at the expansion of the sector in the sixties.With Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club, Osama Khan, Vice-Provost Education at the University of Surrey, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and Mark leach, CEO at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202148 minutes, 14 seconds
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China, graduate employment, wellbeing, attainment gaps

This week on the podcast we discuss a new report on the relationship between universities and China and ask if UK HE is too close to the superpower. There’s also ONS data on graduate employment and student wellbeing, and fresh findings from Jisc on the digital student experience.Mike Ratcliffe’s Hidden History travels to Bologna, and we take a quick look at new OfS Access and Participation data that suggests changes to assessment methods and policies at the end of last year had a significant impact on attainment gaps.With Selena Bolingbroke, consulting fellow for the Halpin Partnership, Amatey Doku, consultant with the Nous Group, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202138 minutes, 11 seconds
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Budget, complaints, pensions, history

This week on the podcast we get across Rishi Sunak’s budget and what it means (and doesn’t mean) for higher education.We also discuss the latest batch of Covid complaints summaries from the OIA, consider the implications of the USS pensions news and try to understand universities minister Michelle Donelan’s intervention on curriculum decolonisation.With Alex Favier, Director of Global and Political Affairs at the University of Nottingham, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor and Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s CEO. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202148 minutes, 57 seconds
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Return to campus again, digital learning, wider experience, examnishambles

This week on the podcast we consider the issues presented by the return to campus for students and their universities. There are new reports on digital learning and student activities and employability to get across, and we think through how teacher assessed A level results might impact admissions.With Smita Jamdar, Partner & Head of Education at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, Paul Greatrix, Registrar and Secretary at University of Nottingham, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202145 minutes, 4 seconds
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Free speech, applications, the media

This week on the podcast we discuss Gavin Williamson’s proposals on campus free speech and ask “why now” and whether they’ll work. We also review the latest applications data and look at an interesting new report on universities and the media. With Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education at NUS, Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor and presented by Mark Leach, CEO at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202148 minutes, 14 seconds
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Regulation, complaints, essay mills, WP

This week on the podcast our guests dissect the latest letter from Gavin Williamson to the Office for Students, and ask if the regulator is becoming unduly politicised. There’s also developments on the student complaints front, essay mills action in Parliament and DK deep dives into HESA’s new widening participation data.With Mary Curnock Cook, higher education expert and serial non-exec director, Steven Spier, Vice Chancellor at Kingston University and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202145 minutes, 51 seconds
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UCAS end of cycle, learning experience, student hardship, free speech

This week on the podcast there’s the ups and downs of student recruitment to discuss as the UCAS cycle reports. We’ve also launched new research on the student learning experience, and our guests discuss catch up, new money for student hardship and ongoing work on free speech on campus.With Alistair Jarvis, CEO at Universities UK, Natalie Day, Head of Strategy and Policy Insight at Sheffield Hallam, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s CEO. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/202137 minutes, 11 seconds
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Grade inflation, skills, student housing, care leavers

This week on the podcast there’s new figures on the impact of the pandemic on students to discuss. Did those studying away from home “stay away” as asked?There’s also the skills agenda, grade inflation, the hidden history of student accommodation and our “boarding school” model, a new report on care-experienced students, and DK digs into the University of St Andrews (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill. With Michael Taylor, External Affairs Advisor at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cat Turhan, Policy Analyst at the Russell Group and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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Augar response, TEF review, Skills for Jobs, funding

In a special podcast this week Team Wonkhe attempts to make sense of a big release of policy documents from the Department for Education. There's an interim response to the Augar review of HE fees and funding, news on the TEF, Gavin Williamson's long awaited skills white paper and a teaching funding settlement for 2021/22. With Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe's Editor, David Kernohan and Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe's Associate Editors, and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe's Editor in Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/202145 minutes, 31 seconds
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PODCAST: Gavin Williamson, fair assessment, skills

This week on the podcast we consider the fate of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, and ask what ministers haver to do to get sacked these days. There's also a look at our new Skills to Thrive research, and a delve into the complexities of fair assessment during a pandemic.With Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor at Bath Spa University; Jonathan Simons Director at Public First; Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe's Editor; and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe's Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/202148 minutes, 51 seconds
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PODCAST: Start of term special

To kick the term off Wonkhe's editorial team gathers to discuss the year ahead - taking in everything from the delayed and constrained "staggered" return, to quality and standards, student accommodation, calls for "no detriment" policies and the team's things to watch out out for in the year ahead.With Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe Editor; David Kernohan, Associate Editor; Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor; and presented by Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/202146 minutes, 25 seconds
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Brexit, OfS reset, UCAS figures, free speech.

It’s the end of term at Wonkhe towers but the policy train is still trundling along, and so on the podcast we’re discussing everything from Brexit, to a glut of paperwork from the Office for Students, UCAS figures and the dramatic return of the Free Speech University Rankings. Plus not one but two special musical interludes.With ​​Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First and Head of the Education Practice, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wobnkher and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/202045 minutes, 46 seconds
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Transfers, ONS, climate change, brexit

This week on the podcast there are new figures from the Office for Students on student transfer to understand. There’s also some striking survey data out from the ONS, a new paper on universities and climate change from HEPI, and the small issue of Brexit and its impact on higher education.With Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Wrexham Glyndwr University, Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors' Council and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202046 minutes, 15 seconds
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Return to campus, graduate skills, pandemic student experience

This week on the podcast there’s guidance for England for the return to campus in the new year to get across. We also discuss the skills graduates need and whether higher education can deliver them, and new polling form HEPI on the full time undergraduate experience this term.Presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe, guests Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor at the Open University, Jess Moody, Senior Adviser at Advance HE and Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/202042 minutes, 45 seconds
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Spending review, racial harassment, digital, Covid complaints

This week there's the Chancellor's spending review to get across and a new report from Universities UK on tackling racial harassment. There's also work out from Jisc on staff and digital, and a batch of complaints from the first part of the pandemic to learn lessons from published by OIA.With Helen O'Sullivan, Pro VC Education at Keele University and Amatey Doku, Consultant at Nous. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/202041 minutes, 21 seconds
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Mickey mouse, international, student protection, Cummings going

This week on the podcast the panel evaluates proposals on quality, standards and so-called “Mickey Mouse” courses. We also think through the great “reset” at No.10 and potential implications for higher education, international recruitment, and protections for students in the event of course, campus or whole provider closure.With Selena Bolingbroke, Consulting Fellow at the Halpin Partnership, Paul Inman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Reading, Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First and Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/202047 minutes, 13 seconds
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Admissions reform, Demo 2010, Christmas

This week on the show we discuss admissions reform and what's looking like an impending shift towards post qualifications offers. There's also a look back at the big student demo of 2010 and a look forward to both Christmas and what we could be faced with in the new year. With Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Aston University and Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Greenwich. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/202045 minutes, 18 seconds
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Retention, lockdown two, skills and levelling up

This week on the podcast the panel looks at Wonkhe's new research on non-continuation. We also think through the implications of the month long lockdown in England, and look at a couple of new reports on the skills agenda and levelling up.With Diana Beech, CEO at London Higher; Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor at Sussex University; and Wonkhe's Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/202035 minutes, 27 seconds
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Half term retention special

Our usual discussion format is on its half term break, so ahead of our Wonkhe @ Home event on retention on November 4th we’ve got a recording of our session on the subject from our Secret Life of Students event back in September. This term students need more help than usual to thrive, especially when face to face contact, extracurricular activity and part-time work is severely constrained. In this discussion, delivered in partnership with Solutionpath, a panel of experts explored how universities can build a picture of student engagement, and explore what can be done to reconnect with students who are at risk of non-continuation.With Richard Gascoigne CEO, Solutionpath; Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University; Ed Foster, Head of Student Engagement and Analytics, Nottingham Trent University; and Wonkhe’s Editor Debbie McVitty.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/202047 minutes, 20 seconds
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Future, REF, boomerangs, student support

This week on the podcast we discuss demand for higher education and new reports on the future of the sector. We also consider the phenomenon of the "boomerang" generation, confidence in democracy, reforms to the REF and some good news on funding for students impacted by the pandemic.With In Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education; and Marian Hilditch, Deputy Academic Registrar at the University of Bradford and chair of SROC.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/202042 minutes, 28 seconds
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Christmas lockdown, culture wars, student outcomes

This week on the podcast we discuss the proposed student lockdown for Christmas and the latest salvos in the sector's slice of the culture wars.We also review what's happening on the ground in universities and consider a new report on student outcomes.With Emmanuel Adukwu, UWE; Rachel Hewitt, HEPI and Mark Leach, Wonkhe's CEO. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/202040 minutes, 52 seconds
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Disabled students, new providers, diverse governors, Conservative conference

This week on the podcast the panel reflects on a new report on the experience of disabled students in higher education. There is also discussion on the HE "market" and new providers, the diversity of HE governing bodies and Conservative party conference.With Ian Dunn, Provost at Coventry University and Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/202044 minutes, 9 seconds
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Return to campus, Augar, Black History Month

This week on the show we check in on the return to campus and the fallout from student self-isolation that’s been dominating all the press coverage. We also discuss the government’s partial response to the Augar review, the start of Black History Month and there’s a look at student discipline on Hidden History. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/2/202043 minutes, 33 seconds
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NSS, campus return, UCAS, student politics

This week on the podcast we discuss the impending review of the National Student Survey and what’s going on with the great return to campus. We also consider the latest student numbers figures from UCAS, look at a report on students’ unions and ask why students might be “leaning left”.With Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students; and Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/202046 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Secret Life of Students special

In this week’s special edition of the podcast we’ve got a grab bag of highlights from our Secret Life of Students event - covering everything from the future of the NSS, to how students understand the “value” of higher education, through to building community, student safety and fairness.With Alison Johns, CEO Advance HE; Nicola Dandridge, CEO Office for Students; Libby Farrier-Williams, St Mary’s University; Ann Olivarius, Senior Partner, McAllister Olivarius; Felicity Mitchell, Independent Adjudicator OIAHE; Alan Sutherland, CEO Surrey SU; Jenny Shaw, Unite Students; Ben Vulliamy, CEO York SU; Patrick O'Donnell President York SU; Philippa Hardman, Aula; Andrew McLaughlin, CEO The SU, University of Bath; Francesco Masala, President The SU, University of Bath; Danielle D’hayer, associate professor, London Metropolitan University; and Jess Moody, Senior Advisor, Advance HE.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/202051 minutes, 37 seconds
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Return to campus, examnishambles, ministers

In our first episode of the autumn term we consider the issues surrounding higher education's return to campus and the latest Covid guidance from government. We also look at the summer results crisis and consider its long term impacts, and discuss two big speeches from Gavin Williamson and Michelle Donelan.With Mary Curnock Cook, independent higher education expert; Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester; Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe; and Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/202043 minutes, 17 seconds
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Clearing and admissions special

The podcast is back off its hols for a week with a clearing and admissions special. We wrap up the news from the controversial Scottish Highers results, look ahead to the rest of the UK’s results, and consider how students are making decisions in the context of Covid-19.There’s also discussion on admissions reform, and where widening access fits into the picture.With Clare Marchant, CEO at UCAS; Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor; and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. This week’s special episode is produced in association with UCAS.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/7/202039 minutes, 41 seconds
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Expectations, Donelan, restructuring

In our end of term podcast, we dive into Wonkhe/Pearson research on student expectations around September and consider how universities should respond. Wales has a new tertiary education bill, Michelle Donelan has been at the Commons Education Committee, there are some reforms to higher technical education and DK has all the highlights (and correlations) we need from NSSmas day.After the main recording, news of DfE’s restructuring regime and OfS’ market exit plans dropped - so Jim and DK discuss those too.With Frances Corner, Warden at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alex Favier, Director of Global and Political Affairs at the University of Nottingham, and Wonkhe’s Associate Editor David Kernohan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/202052 minutes, 24 seconds
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Recovery, international, applications, 50% target

This week on the podcast we discuss the economy, the Government’s recovery plan and why some are claiming that bashing universities is “the new Brexit”.There’s also a road map out for making the UK the world’s most attractive global destination for international students, some new UCAS figures to give us a bit of hope and there's a quick listen to Gavin Williamson's speech on skills.Hosted by Wonkhe CEO Mark Leach, and with guests Jess Strenk, Policy & Public Affairs Manager at Middlesex University, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK and Wonkhe’s Editor Debbie McVitty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/202043 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bailout 2, social mobility, expectations

This week on the podcast we discuss the Government’s package of support for research and ask who it’s for and whether it will work. There’s also a speech from Michelle Donelan on social mobility and low value courses to digest, and HEPI polling on lockdown learning and student expectations for September.With Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester and Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/202033 minutes, 13 seconds
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Graduate Outcomes, fees in Australia, PhD students

This week on the podcast we discuss results from the Graduate Outcomes survey, and evaluate reforms to tuition fees in Australia. We also look at HEPI's new report on PhD students and the realities of their experience.With Ellen Wilson, VP higher education services at Pearson; Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI; and Debbie McVitty Editor of Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/202042 minutes, 18 seconds
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Reassurance, international, admissions, Rhodes will fall

This week on the podcast we evaluate universities' efforts to reassure students about the experience they will have from September.We also discuss Jo Johnson's proposals on international students, a new report recommending changes to admissions and Michelle Donelan's interview with HEPI.With Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy at the University of London and Ben Ward, Union Director and CEO at the University of Manchester SU. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/202040 minutes, 44 seconds
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Consumers, student experience, China, statues

This week on the podcast we discuss OfS’ new guidance on student consumer protection and wonder whether it’s possible to offer the certainty that the law suggests they are entitled to. We also look at this year’s iteration of the HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey, Onward and British Council reports on China, and the Rhodes Must Fall protests. With Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton and Aaron Porter, Governor of Goldsmiths & BPP universities. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/11/202039 minutes, 14 seconds
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Reopening, racism, number controls, cost cutting

This week on the podcast we discuss the advice on offer to universities about reopening in September. We also look at the reaction to the murder of George Floyd, the (re)introduction of student number controls and the budget issues facing many universitiesWith Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor at Bath Spa University and Jonathan Grant, Vice President & Vice Principal (Service) at King’s College London. . Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/202041 minutes, 55 seconds
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Deferrals, clearing, research, access

This week on the podcast we’re discussing the possibility of students attempting to defer as we approach September, and consider what the clearing period might look like.We also look at a new report on the regional imbalance in research and development expenditure, and have a read of the Russell Group’s plan for widening access.Hosted by Wonkhe’s CEO and Editor in Chief Mark Leach, with David Sweeney, Executive Chair at Research England; Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/202033 minutes, 43 seconds
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Reopening, mental health, immigration, mergers

This week on the podcast we discuss the announcements that universities are starting to make about their approach to September.There's an updated and refreshed mental health framework out, an immigration bill has been passed in Parliament, and we catch up with former Wales Education Minister Leighton Andrews on his urge to merge. Plus - nature is healing - correlate is back.With Anne Marie Graham, CEO at UKCISA, Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex and Leighton Andrews, Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation at Cardiff Business School. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/202044 minutes, 3 seconds
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Science, postgrads, training, student housing

This week on the podcast we discuss the relationship between science, society and politics. There's also new report from HEPI on postgrads, a Policy Exchange report on "training", and new legislation on student accommodation in Scotland.With Rachel Sandison, Vice Principal External Relations at the University of Glasgow; Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe's Editor; David Malcolm, Head of Policy at NUS; and Wonkhe's Editor in Chief Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202041 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bailout, social distance, governance, optimism

This week on the podcast we look at the fallout from the Government's support package for universities and students. We also ask whether it's possible to create a viable socially distanced student experience, the role of university governance in the next phase, and share some optimism about the future.With Mary Curnock Cook (serial non-exec director), Chris Shelley (Director of Student and Academic Services at University of Greenwich). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/202045 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Covid-19 support package for universities and students

In a special extra edition of The Wonkhe Show, the editorial team discusses the Government's Covid-19 support package for universities and students.Wonkhe's Editor Debbie McVitty has all the information on the measures; Associate Editor Jim Dickinson takes a look at a proposed new OfS registration condition; Associate Editor David Kernohan takes a deep dive into a new thing called Clearing Plus; and CEO Mark Leach considers the politics of the package. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202043 minutes, 36 seconds
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Key workers, complaints, international demand, mental health

This week on the podcast we look at the proposal from Universities UK and MillionPlus on attracting government funds to the sector to support current and future key workers. We also reflect on the OIA annual report, interrogate new evidence on the intentions of international applicants, and think about mental health in the context of the pandemic.Hosted by Wonkhe CEO Mark Leach; with Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor at Exeter University and Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Undergraduate Education Officer at Bristol SU. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/202043 minutes, 4 seconds
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No Buildings from September?

In this special extra edition of the Wonkhe Show, we’re looking how universities might prepare for the prospect of having to deliver fully online courses into September. What principles might be adopted? How should staff be supported? And how can universities engage with students in managing this shift? Hosted by Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe, with Andrew Turner, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at Coventry University, Rachael Curzons, Chief Partnerships Officer at Aula and Eve Alcock, SU President at University of Bath Students’ Union. This podcast is produced in association with Aula. Join Aula and Wonkhe on 7 May for the online event: No buildings from September - what on earth do we do about the learning experience?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202037 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bailouts, admissions, September

This week on the podcast we look at UUK's proposed higher education bailout and NUS' proposed student bailout and consider how the proposals are being received by Government. We also look at the ongoing moratorium on unconditional offers, talk to Durham's VC, wonder how universities will ever re-open, and have a think about what September might look like for students and universities. With sector student experience expert Michelle Morgan, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster Uni Paul Ashwin, and Wonkhe’s Associate Editor David Kernohan.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/202039 minutes, 1 second
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Uni budgets, quality, admissions

This week on the podcast we discuss the impact of Covid-19 on university finances, we have a think about maintaining quality and standards in the middle of the crisis and we discuss the big admissions questions as the moratorium on unconditional offers continues. With Smita Jamdar, Partner & Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau and Andrew Hargreaves, co-founder of dataHE.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/202039 minutes, 45 seconds
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Number controls, safety nets, community contribution

This week on the Wonkhe Show we're thinking about student numbers, and the types of regulation and national intervention needed during and after the Covid-19 lockdown. We also think about students and their need for safety both over assessment and enrolment, and the role universities are playing in the community during the crisis.With Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, with Selena Bolingbroke, Lead for External Engagement & Strategic Development at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Andy Westwood, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility for the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/2/202039 minutes, 40 seconds
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Covid-19 and admissions, REF, regulation and accommodation

This week on the Wonkhe Show we start to try to make sense of the fall out from the Covid-19 crisis. We discuss admissions and student recruitment, the cancellation of the REF and the prospects for PGR students, the character of regulation required for the coming period and the major issues around student accommodation for both next term and beyond.Hosted by Mark Leach, CEO of Wonkhe, with Mary Curnock Cook, independent higher education expert; Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, and Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/202046 minutes, 25 seconds
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PODCAST: Mental health, universities and Covid-19

This week on the podcast we ask how we maintain our emotional and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. We also process the events of the week just gone, there’s top tips for staying healthy while working or studying at home, and we have a think about what universities and government should be doing to help.With John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK and Fran Longstaff, Head of Psychology at Fika. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202046 minutes, 26 seconds
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PODCAST: Budget, COVID-19, OfS in court, misconduct

This week on the podcast we look at the budget and implications for HE, as well as the impacts on the sector of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office for Students has won a court case, and we look at new guidelines on handling cases of sexual misconduct.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/202030 minutes, 4 seconds
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Graduate premium, careers, levelling up, culture wars

This week on the podcast we go through IFS’ work on the graduate premium, examine HEPI’s take on how graduate employability has changed universities, and look at Million Plus’ ideas for how to level up higher technical education. We also tackle Turning Point UK’s attempt to address “left wing bias” in university teaching.With Selena Bolingbroke, Lead for External Engagement and Strategic Development at Goldsmiths University of London; and Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202039 minutes, 57 seconds
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Admissions, coronavirus, number controls, levelling up

his week on the podcast we take a look at OfS’ new review of admissions, assess the impact of coronavirus on the sector, and look at whether we’re about to see the return of student number controls. We also have a look at a new HEPI report on “levelling up”.With Mark Leach, Editor-in-Chief of Wonkhe; Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International; David Bell; Vice Chancellor of the University of Sunderland; and Graeme Wise, Contributing Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/27/202030 minutes, 48 seconds
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Trinity Hall Cambridge, civic, fair admissions, NSS

This week we discuss Tortoise’s investigation into sexual misconduct at UK universities, consider UPP’s research into public perception of higher education, and dissect polling done on UUK’s behalf about perceptions into university admissions. We also look at the Office for Students’ insight brief into the National Student Survey.With Justine Andrew, Market Director for Education and Skills at KPMG; Pete Quinn, independent higher education consultant and Debbie McVitty; Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202043 minutes, 38 seconds
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Value indicators, wellbeing, NDAs, student engagement

This week on the podcast Universities UK is proposing new VFM indicators, there’s new analysis on teaching and learning and mental health, universities are being accused of using NDAs to gag student complainants and we chat Open Access with UKRI.With Vanessa Wilson CEO at University Alliance, Andy Youell - writer, speaker and strategic data advisor and Wonkhe's editor Debbie McVitty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202040 minutes, 23 seconds
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Student marketing and recruitment special

This week’s Wonkhe Show is a recruitment special, in association with SMRS.We take a first look at the UCAS data on January deadline application data, consider the politics of universities’ offer-making in 2020, and discuss where the lines are when marketing to students. The panel also speculates about how university recruitment practices may change over the next decade as we anticipate rapid growth in demand for HE.Hosted by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief of Wonkhe, with Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS; Dan Beynon, Head of Education at SMRS; and Alison Kerwin, Director of Marketing at the University of Liverpool. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/6/202039 minutes, 40 seconds
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Access and participation, recruitment, research bureaucracy

This week on the podcast we have a look at the ups and downs of the end of cycle UCAS figures. There's an OfS analysis of access and participation plans out, we think about the implications of a reduction of research bureaucracy and a quick look at immigration and HE.With Rachel Hall, Universities Editor at the Guardian, Amatey Doku, a Consultant at the Nous Group and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202040 minutes, 5 seconds
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Augar delay, access, casualisation, grammar schools

This week on the podcast we consider the implications of another delay to the government's response to the Augar review of post-18 fees and funding.  There's a suite of new reports out on access, we look at casualisation, and DK has been poring over new LEO data.With Mary Curnock Cook, independent higher education expert, and Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/202034 minutes, 1 second
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Unconditionals, KEF, research culture, racism

This week on the podcast we're back in the UK and discussing Nottingham Trent's intervention into the ongoing row about offer making in universities. We also discuss the spec for the first run at the Knowledge Exchange Framework, a new report on research culture and we look at the press coverage over the Sheffield students being paid to tackle racist language on campus.With Nick Hillman, Director at HEPI and Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202034 minutes, 57 seconds
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PODCAST: Harassment regulation, languages, Baltics

This week on the podcast we're live from Helsinki where the Wonkhe SUs European Study Tour has been reflecting on meeting friends from across Europe. We also chat OfS regulation on harassment and sexual assault and a new HEPI report on learning languages.With Eve Alcock, President at Bath Uni SU; Jazz Nesbitt-Larking, President at Bath Spa SU; Katie Smyth, President at Newcastle Uni SU; Gary Hughes, CEO at Durham SU; and Vicky Saward-Read, VP at Kent SU. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/9/202035 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Hidden History of HE Box Set: Season 2 Part 2

The Wonkhe Show podcast is on its Christmas break, so as a special treat we’ve rolled up Season 2 of the Hidden History of HE into two special box sets.Every week Nottingham Trent’s Academic Registrar Mike Ratcliffe delves deep into the sector’s past to find out how things were and how things came to be. This week in part 2 Mike looks at the development of the doctorate, the regular execution of university chancellors, the origins of public funding of universities in the UK, the era of university MPs, when VCs met the PM, and the creation of the CATs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/26/201927 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Hidden History of HE Box Set: Season 2 Part 1

The Wonkhe Show podcast is on its Christmas break, so as a special treat we’ve rolled up Season 2 of the Hidden History of HE into two special box sets.Every week Nottingham Trent’s Academic Registrar Mike Ratcliffe delves deep into the sector’s past to find out how things were and how things came to be. This week in part 1 Mike looks back at attempts to ban the Oxbridge tradition of awarding MAs, the time when the Government closed HE colleges they'd just opened, the end of the binary divide between universities and polytechnics, the battle build new universities (including the towns that lost), and the vision we used to have for student accommodation.Look out for Part 2 next week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/19/201930 minutes, 55 seconds
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PODCAST: The morning after the general election 2019

In the final episode of our podcast this season, we analyse the general election. We take in the result, overall and at the constituency level, and talk about the big wins and upsets of the night. We move on to examine how this result will affect higher education, as well as the rest of the nation.From Team Wonkhe: Mark Leach, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Dickinson and David Kernohan, Associate Editors; with special guests Hettie Hill, Research Lead at BritainThinks; and Diana Beech, Head of Government Affairs at the University of Warwick. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/201930 minutes, 52 seconds
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Free speech, UCAS data, HE SMEs, student data

This week we discuss the state of independent higher education providers, analyse UCAS’ new self-release function for applications, examine a report from King’s College London on student perceptions of freedom of expression and chat about HEPI’s new research into how students feel about the use of their data.With Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of Push and Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors' Council; Andy Youell, HE data specialist; and Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/5/201949 minutes, 49 seconds
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Applications, nurses, 21st century uni, voter registration

This week on the podcast (live from Advance HE's governance conference in London) we discuss the release of the first part of UCAS’ data for the most recent applications cycle, analyse the Conservative’s pledge for 50,000 more nurses, and chat about the University of Lincoln’s manifesto for the university of the 21st century. We also think about the surge in voter registration and what it might mean for the election.With Joe Cooper, Deputy Director of Human Resources at Imperial College, London; Michelle Morgan, Student Experience Consultant; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/201937 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bolton fire, Oxford Union, election

This week on the podcast we discuss the fire that affected student accommodation in Bolton, unpick the incident where a blind international student was forceably removed from a debate at the Oxford Union, and scrutinise the many demands made for higher education in the current general election campaign. And Hidden History looks at university chancellors...With Jess Moody, Senior Adviser at Advance HE; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/201942 minutes, 16 seconds
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Labour, residential HE, PTES, free speech

This week on the podcast we analyse the Labour Party’s plans for education, scrutinise HEPI and UPP’s report on the fact that so many students live away from home in the UK, discuss the results of Advance HE's Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, and finish up by delving into free speech on campus through Policy Exchange’s report into “academic freedom”.With Philip Plowden, Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University; Smita Jamdar, Education lead at Shakespeare Martineau; and Sofia Ropek, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/201934 minutes, 57 seconds
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Live from Wonkfest 2019

This week live from Wonkfest our guests reflect on two intense days of higher education wonkery. We also chat the coming general election and UCU's impending industrial action.With Andrea Burrows, MD at OES; Mary Curnock-Cook, Independent Education Expert; Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First; and Wonkhe's CEO Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/201941 minutes, 22 seconds
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OfS reviews applications to get on its register

This week in a half term special Team Wonkhe takes a look at OfS' initial provider registration process, pulling out key themes and asking - is its regulation working?With Wonkhe's editor Debbie McVitty and Wonkhe's Associate Editor Jim Dickinson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/201933 minutes, 11 seconds
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Racism, grad premium, criminals, VFM

This week on the podcast we dive into the EHRC’s report on racism at British universities, scrutinise HESA’s report on the graduate premium, discuss the new initiative to help people with criminal convictions access HE and examine HEPI’s report into education in prison. Plus there's a chat about quality and value for money, a cracking correlation quiz and Hidden History looks at "free" Masters degrees at Oxford.With Richard Eyre, Chief Programmes Officer at the Brilliant Club; Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute; and Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/201940 minutes, 42 seconds
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Science, TNE, disabled students, demand

This week on the podcast we investigate the government’s plan for a new science agency, discuss transnational education, talk about the Office for Students’ Insights report into disabled students and their Disabled Students’ Commission, and consider how we might meet demand for higher education over the next decade,With Ben Vulliamy, CEO of the University of York’s Students’ Union; Kate Wicklow, Policy Manager at GuildHE; and Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/201941 minutes, 22 seconds
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Student housing, research funding, sexual misconduct, Augar

On the podcast this week we talk about Chris Skidmore’s intervention into student accommodation not ready for the new term, and his letter to Research England about the future of UK research. We dig into what’s changed in the two years since UUK set up its harassment and hate crime task force, and discuss HEPI’s new report into how students view the Augar Review.With Andy Youell, strategic data advisor; Shân Wareing, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at London South Bank University; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/201935 minutes, 36 seconds
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Private schools, RORI, care leavers, VC pay

On the podcast this week we discuss Labour's party conference resolution on capping the percentage of kids from private schools going to uni. We also discuss the newly launched "research on research" institute, a new report on care leavers and HE and an intervention on VC pay from the Taxpayer's Alliance.With James Wilsdon, professor of research policy and director of impact and engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield; Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby and Chief Researcher at the Institute of Student Employers; and Sofia Ropek, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/3/201935 minutes, 28 seconds
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TUNDRA, fees, initiations, midwives

This week on the podcast we talk about equality, privilege, and TUNDRA; and the shelving of £7,500 fees. We also chat UUK’s new guidance on initiations and a new survey on student financial pressure.With Selena Bolingbrooke, Lead for External Engagement & Strategic Development at Goldsmiths, University of London; Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester; and Wonkhe’s Editor Debbie McVitty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/201944 minutes, 25 seconds
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Mental health, BME gap, freshers

This week we dive into Unite Students and HEPI’s new insights report, discuss Gavin Williamson’s letter to the Office for Students, look at the barriers faced by Black PhD students, and discuss whether freshers’ week needs a rethink. With Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students, Pete Quinn, former board member at AMOSSHE and now HE consultant, and Wonkhe Associate Editor Jim Dickinson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/201942 minutes, 26 seconds
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UUK Conference, International Students, Discover Uni

The podcast is back for its autumn season, and we're chatting all the gossip and speeches from Universities UK's annual conference in Birmingham. There's also news on international students, a new unistats from OfS, and the return of Hidden History.With Wonkhe's own Jim Dickinson (Associate Editor), Debbie McVitty (Editor) and Mark Leach (CEO) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/201945 minutes, 25 seconds
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Higher technical, Warwick, clearing

On our final podcast of the season we dive into the Department for Education’s technical review of level 4 and 5 qualifications and the results of a review into the Warwick WhatsApp issue. We take a look ahead to clearing and look back on a year in higher education policy. With Mary Stuart, vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln, Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester, and Wonkhe Associate Editor David Kernohan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/201943 minutes, 13 seconds
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NSS, DMU, new SU officers

This week we dive into the Office for Students’ annual report and look at wider issues of governance surrounding the OfS investigation into De Montfort University. We take a detailed look at this year’s National Student Survey results and - it’s that time of year - we discuss priorities for incoming students’ officers.With Mary Curnock Cook, former chief executive of UCAS, Pete Quinn, former board member at AMOSSHE and now HE consultant, and Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief, Founder and CEO Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/201937 minutes, 3 seconds
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Private schools, LEO, REF, free speech

This week on the podcast we discuss the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission’s report on the educational backgrounds of Britain’s leaders and what the findings suggest about social mobility. We look at LEO, analyse an exercise reviewing the Research Excellence Framework, and take stock of where the sector is with the debate over free speech.With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham; Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE and Director of Policy, IDP Connect; and Wonkhe’s own Arthi Nachiappan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/201945 minutes, 7 seconds
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The education policy trap: will the Augar review avoid the mistakes of the past?

On the eve of the expected publication of the Augar review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Mark Leach asks if it will avoid the education policy trap. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/201941 minutes, 9 seconds
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EU students, over-education, BME attainment, Cambridge and slavery

The amount that EU students may have to pay to come to a UK university has been across the news this week, and our podcast guests analyse the debate. We also talk ONS figures on “over-education”, the UUK/NUS report on the BME attainment gap and Cambridge’s decision to look into its past. We also catch up with OfS’ Richard Puttock about data.With Rachel Hall, Universities Editor at the Guardian, Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, and Wonkhe’s Jim Dickinson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/201940 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Hidden History of HE

We’ve been on our Easter break at Wonkhe towers, so this week we’ve got a special treat - the whole season of the Hidden History of HE in one podcast.Find out about the university curriculum that was designed exclusively for women, the origins of the commuting university, the battle to be the oldest university, and the students at a university where most of the rules were for those that taught them - and much more!With Nottngham Trent’s Academic Registrar, Mike Ratcliffe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/201953 minutes, 57 seconds
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Non disclosures, access, pro-life, a levels

On the last podcast before our Easter break, we discuss the rise of non-disclosure agreements for university staff, the state of the Office for Students’ access and participation data, the refusal of affiliation for an anti-abortion group in Aberdeen, and students with low prior attainment doing well at university.With Shan Wareing, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at London South Bank University; Thom Brookes, Professor of Law and Government at Durham University; and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/201940 minutes, 11 seconds
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Kirsty Williams

In this special bonus edition of the podcast, Wonkhe's editor Debbie McVitty sits down with Wales' Education Secretary Kirsty Williams to discuss higher education policy, politics and the challenges of being a woman in public life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/201923 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tories, NUS, stalking, rent guarantors

A centre-right think tank has a new report out on generational differences. We also discuss NUS' conference, data on stalking and a fascinating rent guarantor scheme aimed at care leavers.With Nick Hillman, Director at HEPI, Jess Moody, Senior Advisor at Advance HE and Wonkhe's own Arthi Nachiappan.The shownotes and correlation quiz are on wonkhe.comNote this episode contains discussion of stalking and domestic violence. Paladin is the national stalking advisory service paladinservice.co.uk. The national domestic violence helpline is 0808 2000 247. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/201942 minutes, 39 seconds
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Financial forecasts, cybersecurity, apps

OfS has finally published its assessment of English providers' finances - and the forecasts look shaky. Our guests discuss the implications, along with a new report on cybersecurity, and another on the value of vocational degrees. Plus Chris Skidmore calls App Britain!, our correlation quiz and more Hidden History of HE.With Johnny Rich, CEO of Push and the Engineering Professors' Council; Julia Clarke, Pro VC at Manchester Metropolitan; and Wonkhe's Editor Debbie McVitty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/201935 minutes, 52 seconds
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Grade inflation, loneliness, mergers, Peterson

Is grade inflation the problem that Damian Hinds claims it is? This week on the podcast we discuss DfE’s “intervention” on the issue, as well as research on student loneliness and the issue of institutional mergers and acquisitions. We also cover the University of Cambridge’s withdrawal of a two-month fellowship for Jordan Peterson.With David Morris of the University of Greenwich; Rebecca Lowe of the Institute of Economic Affairs; and Wonkhe’s own Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/201936 minutes, 8 seconds
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International, cheating, skills, demography

The government has published a new international education strategy - but is it enough given the competition? On the podcast this week we discuss the issues, as well as taking a look at Damian Hinds’ intervention on plagiarism. We also discuss the UK’s skills slowdown, the looming university recruitment crisis, and Hidden History looks at degrees for women.With Robin Webber-Jones, Vice Principal at The Sheffield College; Kate Wicklow, Policy Manager at Guild HE; and Minto Felix, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/201938 minutes, 38 seconds
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Data, housing, funding and cheating

On the podcast this week we discuss the impact of recent political developments on higher education, data futures, and new research on student accommodation. Plus ITV's new drama about a student who uses an essay mill, our correlation quiz, the latest from the blogs and the launch of Wonkhe SUs.With Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Greenwich; Gavan Conlon, Partner at London Economics; and Wonkhe’s own Jim Dickinson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/201943 minutes, 17 seconds
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Uni bailouts, subsidies and teaching excellence

What is the real cost to the taxpayer of funding higher education? This week on the podcast we look at report trying to answer that question, as well as students’ views on bailouts for universities, student mental health stats, Hidden History and our correlation quiz.With Andy Youell, strategic data advisor; Eve Alcock, president of Bath Students’ Union; and Wonkhe’s editor Debbie McVitty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/201942 minutes, 25 seconds
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Strike complaints, access, harassment

On the show this week we discuss student complaints about last year's strike action and compensation. The Office for Students has new guidance out on access and participation plans, and there's new data on sexual misconduct on campus. Plus hidden history, our correlation quiz and the latest from our bloggers.With HE public affairs and strategy expert Charles Heymann, Lucy Findlay of Social Enterprise Mark, and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/201936 minutes, 50 seconds
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Labour, decolonisation, housing

This week on the podcast we discuss Labour's emerging policy on higher education. There's also a look at curriculum decolonisation campaigns getting the royal seal of approval and the state of private student housing. - should universities intervene? With serial non-exec and sector expert Mary Curnock Cook, HE consultant Pete Quinn, and Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief, Founder and CEO Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/201939 minutes, 54 seconds
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VC pay, civic, staff on TEF

This week on the podcast the Office for Students has released data on senior pay, and there’s a major report on the civic role of universities. The University and College Union has asked its members what they think of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and we hear from this week’s bloggers.With Anne Marie Canning of King’s College London, William Whyte from the University of Oxford, and Wonkhe’s Arthi Nachiappan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/201937 minutes, 31 seconds
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Michael Barber live at Wonkfest18

The full recording of Michael Barber live at Wonkfest18. Accompanying slides can be found here: https://wonkhe.com/wp-content/wonkhe-uploads/2018/11/WONKHE-5-NOV-FINAL.pdf Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/20181 hour, 4 minutes
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Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18

The full recording of Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201845 minutes, 35 seconds