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  • 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...

  • Weekly digest - 12 August

    Results This summer saw the return of a full exam series in all four UK nations following the pandemic. Scottish students received their results on Tuesday 9 August and A Level results are released next Thursday. The House of Commons...

  • Research bureaucracy, consultations and more strike action

    Quality and Regulation The OfS published the results of consultations on regulating student outcomes and refreshing the TEF. Following an extensive consultation process involving students and the HE sector, the OfS has decided to implement proposals that will allow regulatory...

  • Funding, grade inflation and cheating

    NEWS Finance The UK HE sector earned £44 billion in 2020-21, according to the latest financial data release from HESA; 79 providers reported a deficit while 195 had a surplus at the end of the year.  An assessment of the...

  • Bath retains the top spot in NSS!

    NEWS Westminster To say it’s been a busy couple of weeks in Westminster would be an understatement. We are not going to attempt to summarise all of the changes to the Conservative front benches here but, of note, is the...

  • Weekly Digest 30/06/2022

    NEWS Finance and funding Keir Starmer could be planning a move away from his pledge to scrap tuition fees if Labour wins the next general election. Speaking at a New Statesman event on Tuesday he said that the pandemic and...

  • Home-grown talent and best in the South West!

    NEWS To begin, we are pleased to share that Francesco Masala, our previous SU President, will be taking up the role of a House of Commons Library Clerk – many congratulations from UoB and we will be looking forward to...

  • OfS Funding Announced and Student Wellbeing

    EDI OfS has published updated equality, diversity and student characteristics data, which look at the proportion and numbers of students in higher education from a range of different demographic groups. NERC has issued a diversity and inclusion ‘living’ action plan,...