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The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast

Author: Mark Leach

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Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.
57 Episodes
On our final podcast of the season we dive into the Department for Education’s technical review of level 4 and 5 qualifications and the results of a review into the Warwick WhatsApp issue. We take a look ahead to clearing and look back on a year in higher education policy. With Mary Stuart, vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln, Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester, and Wonkhe Associate Editor David Kernohan.
This week we dive into the Office for Students’ annual report and look at wider issues of governance surrounding the OfS investigation into De Montfort University. We take a detailed look at this year’s National Student Survey results and - it’s that time of year - we discuss priorities for incoming students’ officers.With Mary Curnock Cook, former chief executive of UCAS, Pete Quinn, former board member at AMOSSHE and now HE consultant, and Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief, Founder and CEO Mark Leach.
This week on the podcast we discuss the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission’s report on the educational backgrounds of Britain’s leaders and what the findings suggest about social mobility. We look at LEO, analyse an exercise reviewing the Research Excellence Framework, and take stock of where the sector is with the debate over free speech.With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham; Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE and Director of Policy, IDP Connect; and Wonkhe’s own Arthi Nachiappan.
This week on the show we chat the results of UCU's FOI requests to universities about VC membership of remuneration committees, and the PM’s prevention plan to tackle mental ill health across the education sectors. And it’s that time of year - we take a look at graduation costs for students.There's also a dose of True Crime on Campus and our Correlation Quiz.With Rachel Piper, Policy Manager at Student Minds; Ben Vulliamy, chief executive of York Students’ Union; and Wonkhe’s own Minto Felix.
This week we discuss the annual student academic experience survey produced by HEPI and Advance HE to dissect students’ perceptions of value for money, teaching and assessment. We also explore trends in international student mobility, and higher education has finally made its appearance in the manifestos of candidates for leadership of the Conservative party - we take a look. Plus True Crime on Campus and our Correlation Quiz.With Gavan Conlon, Partner at London Economics; Greg Walker, chief executive of MillionPlus; Nottingham University's Head of Security Gary Stevens; and Wonkhe’s Debbie McVitty.
This week we count the costs associated with the Augar review of post-18 education and funding, and question whether there really is a gulf between higher and further education. We look at what Augar means for social mobility, and discuss a legal settlement involving a former Anglia Ruskin University student dissatisfied with the quality of her “Mickey Mouse” course.With Michelle Morgan of Bournemouth University; Philip Plowden, Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University; and Wonkhe’s Jim Dickinson.
5: Augar special

5: Augar special


The long awaited Augar review is finally out, and this week our top wonks discuss the proposals, implications for the sector and politics of the review. Plus a look behind the curtain at what went on at the launch event.With Wonkhe's Editor in Chief Mark Leach; our Editor Debbie McVitty and our Associate Editor David Kernohan.
On the eve of the expected publication of the Augar review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Mark Leach asks if it will avoid the education policy trap.
This week we discuss the Higher Education Policy Institute’s report on staff mental health and the University of Oxford’s programme to widen access to the institution. There is a statement of intent on degree classifications, and the question of how responsible universities should be for freshers’ weight gain.With Justine Andrew of KPMG; Amatey Doku of the National Union of Students; and Wonkhe’s Mark Leach.
This week we discuss the government’s strategy on research and innovation and the Minister’s intervention on anti-semitism. Duncan Exley, former Director of the Equality Trust, has published a book scrutinising the UK’s social mobility problem and we chat Wonkhe's Car Parking Ranking.With Luke Myer of Edge Hill Students’ Union; Sarah Barr-Miller of UCAS; and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan.
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