Emily Commander

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  • REF, quality and access

    Research As you are aware, the REF results came out this week (for anyone needing a quick refresh, here is some background on the REF or you could try this quick explainer from Wonkhe). You can watch the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)’s...

  • Inclusivity and soaring costs

    Student affairs The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that high inflation could cause an “interest rate rollercoaster” for student loans, with the interest rate reaching as high as 12% for some this autumn. This is because the rate of...

  • Excellence in sports science; hard times for students

    Rankings QS released its World University Rankings by Subject this week. Bath’s best performance was in sports-related subjects, where it was ranked 8th in the world in 2022, but a total of 14 subjects were ranked in the top 20...

  • Financial sustainability and other issues

    Research Funding The Department for Business, Energy, and the Industrial Strategy has confirmed the £39.8bn research and development budget for 2022-2025, which will help deliver the government's Innovation Strategy and drive forward ambitions as a science superpower.  UK Research and...

  • OfS new conditions of registration, amongst other things

    Regulatory and governance OfS have confirmed its new Conditions of Registration, intended to tackle poor quality provision, which will come into effect on 1 May 2022: New condition B1 stipulates that courses should be up-to-date, challenging, well delivered, and equip...

  • From regulating Covid to regulating student finance?

    COVID Following the (Westminster) government’s announcement of the lifting of legal restrictions in England, the Department for Education published updated Covid-19 operational guidance this week for the higher education sector. Wonkhe has an analysis of the changes. Augar response THE...

  • Living with fewer restrictions

    Covid Free lateral flow testing is set to end this week on campus in England. In a communication earlier this week, it was announced that universities will no longer be authorised to distribute free lateral flow test packs. A formal...