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  • 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,...

  • Corporate parents and a holistic approach to EDI

    EDI Last week saw the launch of The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, with a key mission statement to double the proportion of care leavers attending university by 2026. Currently only 12 percent of children who were in care...

  • Weekly Digest 27/05/22

    NEWS Office of Students This week the OfS launched eight investigations into business and management courses over suspected poor quality courses. These investigations include an examination of whether poor quality online learning replaced in-person teaching to the detriment of the...

  • REF rumbles on

    Research This week saw the publication of REF 2021 panel reports from each of the four main panels and units of assessment, alongside a summary report and blogs from the chairs of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) and...

  • 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...

  • Research, lifelong learning entitlement and good governance

    Industrial Action UCU members back marking boycott in pension dispute. The decision to also escalate the pension dispute to a marking boycott was made by delegates at a meeting of UCU's special higher education sector conference (SHESC) on Wednesday 26...

  • From Sustainability to Drink Spiking

    Sustainability Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi delivered a speech at the Natural History Museum to mark the launch of the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.  THE research found that institutions from over 100 countries offer dedicated courses on the United Nations’...

  • Skills, Bills and more graduates?

    International news THE reports that Ukrainian refugees will be able to study at Scottish universities free of charge and receive living cost support, subject to parliamentary approval. There are also concerns from Afghan scholars that the Taliban could be moving...

  • 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...