TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

The Higher Education Green Paper, Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (Link) has received a significant amount of coverage and I would refer readers to the Wonkhe site for an excellent range of articles. What has struck me about the Green Paper the most is how the thinking outlined in the paper, … Continue reading

Any flavour as long as it’s vanilla

Any flavour as long as it’s vanilla

October will bring the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)’s long-awaited compliance audit looking at how universities have taken account of their guidance on consumer protection law, published in March 2015. This publication was welcomed by the NUS: ‘This has the potential to make a huge positive impact on students, protecting them against unfair practices that … Continue reading

Rewards for all: wearing-out your mortarboard

Rewards for all: wearing-out your mortarboard

It’s graduation season and not just on university campuses. There are more and more opportunities for young children to have their photograph taken wearing a mortarboard and gown and holding a fake scroll. This ritual provides recognition and praise for young children rather than threatening academic standards (!) although familiarity may breed contempt in the sense that going through a ritual … Continue reading

Future approaches to external examining

Future approaches to external examining

HEFCE’s consultation document, Future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, published on Monday 29th June 2015 sets out proposed new arrangements that will affect a wide range of areas including quality assurance and governance. Other blog sites and sector bodies have commented on the broad proposals so I thought I would focus on a specific … Continue reading

Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water: External Examining and Right to Work checks

Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water: External Examining and Right to Work checks

The rhetoric before and during the election campaign regarding immigration has seen political parties maintain a tough stance[1]. Aside from the obvious repercussions for higher education such as recruitment of international students, one area that has been affected by the tightening of regulations and may be increasingly in the future is external examining. Universities in the UK are required … Continue reading