Reflections and Resolutions

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Reflections and Resolutions

To wrap up the year THE published its “Faces of 2022” ; a list of academics and administrators at the heart of the sector’s biggest debates over the past year. Wonkhe has picked its out the key themes from higher education in 2022 and OfS has published its annual review. Meanwhile Bath’s Vice President (Community and Inclusion), Professor Rajani Naidoo, is one of the academics that has shared their goals and ambitions for 2023 in a blog for QS.


The OfS has fined the University of Buckingham £37231 (0.1% of its qualifying income) for filing its 2019 accounts late. The accounts, which were published in June 2021, revealed that auditors had said there was “material uncertainty” over the institution’s ability to keep operating, and a deficit of £17.5 million for the year.

After a period of consultation, January also sees the launch of the new National Student Survey which, among other changes, will not include the overall satisfaction questionnaire for institutions n England. OfS has an article from its Head of Student Engagement and Information, explaining the changes.

International recruitment

Former education secretary Justine Greening has, in a letter to the current education secretary, warned that government plans to limit the right to recruit overseas students to “elite” universities would undermine the levelling-up agenda. The letter was supported and signed by 14 vice-chancellors.  Analysis of Higher Education Statistics Agency figures indicates that London-based institutions and post-92s would face the biggest financial losses if the plans go ahead.

Research England

THE has an interview with the new executive chair of Research England in which she reflects on her roundabout route into academia and the future of research evaluation.

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