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  • Weekly Digest 01/12/2022

    NEWS Industrial action National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) general secretary, Mick Lynch, joined university staff in a London rally on the third day of sector-wide strike action. Times Higher Education (THE) and the Guardian report on...

  • Research funding and more

    Westminster The Autumn statement saw better-than-expected news for universities with a re-commitment  to the UK spending £20 billion on research by 2024.  The Government press release was published a couple of days ago.  Wonkhe explores other developments arising from the...

  • Statements, speeches and scrutiny

    Westminster The big news of the day is, of course, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. The BBC has been covering the story all day and has a summary of the headlines. Elsewhere in Westminster, the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill...

  • Weekly digest 11 November

    Regulatory OfS has published some useful new data, which enable you to explore differences in rates of student continuation, completion, attainment and progression according to various characteristics. You can find everything you need here. However, the reliance of OfS on...

  • Weekly Digest 20.10.2022

    OfS updates The “balance” of online and in-person teaching is not a “key [determinant] of teaching quality”, according to an Office for Students (OfS) commissioned review of blended learning.  OfS has published a report responding to the review which sets...

  • From Free Speech to the Cost of Living Crisis

    OfS Updates A new equality of opportunity risk register is among the proposals for consultation, as the Office for Students (OfS) launches a consultation on its new approach to regulating equality of opportunity in higher education. The OfS has published...

  • Strikes, skills and robo-research

    Research Research England has commissioned a study of whether artificial intelligence could be used to predict the quality of research outputs based on analysis of journal abstracts, in a move that could potentially remove the need for peer review from...

  • Reshuffles, blended learning and funding lotteries

    Politics Although we have a new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education (Kit Malthouse), in the Cabinet reshuffle, it looks as if Andrea Jenkyns, just reappointed to the Department for Education, has been retained as Minister for Higher...

  • Weekly Digest 01/09/2022

    Quality England is still searching for a trusted and independent body to take on the role of assessing quality in English higher education. Rankings This year’s THE World University Rankings launch on 12 October.  Next year’s rankings will see some...

  • A-levels results week

    Results A-level results came out this week and, as anticipated, there was a steep fall in the number of students achieving the highest grades, although numbers were still higher than pre-pandemic, in 2019. There was also a drop in the...