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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.
S3 Ep5: Augar special

S3 Ep5: 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.
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.
This week we discuss the Minister’s intervention on non-disclosure agreements and research, and get up to speed with the latest in the row over conditional unconditional offers. The Higher Education Policy Institute has a report on measuring wellbeing. With Graeme Atherton, director of the National Education Opportunities Network; Kate Wicklow, policy manager at GuildHE; and Wonkhe’s Minto Felix.
This week our panel discuss the latest from the Office for Students on subject level TEF, a new commons select committee report sexual harassment, academic governance, and new research from the IFS on graduate earnings differentials between the genders. Plus the launch of Lincoln’s 21st century higher education project, and the latest from our contributors. With Jess Moody, senior Adviser at Advance HE; Andy Youell, strategic data advisor; and Wonkhe’s associate editor David Kernohan.
This week our panel discuss the latest stats on the destinations of school leavers, colleges week, and how we describe people that aren’t academics. Plus the latest episode in the culture wars from Kent, and highlights from the week on our blogs. With Shân Wareing, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at London South Bank University; Andrew Berwick, director of The Access Project; and Wonkhe’s associate editor Louis Coiffait.
This week our panel discuss Worcester's freedom of information win, mental health and the DfE data row. With Nick Hillman - Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Andy Westwood - Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester and Wonkhe's founder and editor Mark Leach.
This week our panel discuss the conservative party conference, degree apprenticeships and stats on human capital. Plus the "banning clapping" saga and highlights from the week on our blogs. With Greg Walker Chief Exec at MillionPlus, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson incoming chair at the British Youth Council and co-founder of For our Future’s Sake, and Wonkhe's founder and editor Mark Leach.
This week our panel discuss the 1752 Group’s latest report on sexual misconduct, learning gain, and labour party conference. Plus the latest research into student drinking habits and highlights from the week on our blogs. With Chris Shelley - Director of Student and Academic Services at Greenwich, Selena Bolingbroke, Lead for External Engagement & Strategic Development at Goldsmiths and Wonkhe’s associate editor David Kernohan.
This week our panel discuss Which? University's findings on university comparative claims, the latest UCAS figures, and the Wonkhe HE Power List. Plus Sam Gyimah's latest intervention on freedom of speech and highlights from the week on our blogs.  With Smita Jamdar from Shakespeare Martineau, HE strategy expert Charles Heymann and Wonkhe's editor and founder Mark Leach.
Wonkhe's weekly podcast returns on Friday 21st September - and you won't want to miss it. Every week a panel of top wonks will dissect the week's big policy developments, and we'll also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.
In this final episode of the season, our panel reviews academic year 17-18\. Featuring Nicky Old, Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Mark Leach, Editor and Founder of Wonkhe. We'll be back in the Autumn.
This episode of the University show is our Ask the Wonk special. Our panel featuring, Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe answer a range of questions submitted by our Wonkhe audience. We tackle questions such as; are unconditional offers an unmitigated evil? Grade inflation - a thing, or not a thing? And have a robust discussion on whether Vice-Chancellors should study a module at their own insitution every 3 years. Enjoy. If you have a question for our next Ask the Wonk special get in touch via
In this episode we talk about student outcomes, graduate salaries and measures of teaching.  We have a discussion featuring Colette Fletcher, Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe. For further reading on LEO we recommend Celia Hunt, Director of Strategic Development at the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Wonkhe article [LEO and its limitations for learners.](
In this episode we talk about the civic role of universities and what part they have to play in their local areas and communities. We have a discussion featuring Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, Deborah Bull, Vice President/Vice Principal (London), King’s College London and Mark Leach, Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview Rachel Wolf from Public First who recently conducted research with local residents across 10 university towns to find out what they thought of their local institution and we talk to the Chair of the newly formed Civic University Commission Lord Kerslake.
In this episode we talk about the latest developments in research policy including the establishment of UK Research and Innovation - the new research mega-council. We have a discussion featuring Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy & Policy, and Joint Chief of Staff in the Office of the Vice-Provost Research at University College London; Harriet Barnes, Head of Policy for Higher Education and Skills at the British Academy; David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England and Mark Leach Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview with Professor James Wilsdon of the University of Sheffield to discuss what the new landscape might mean for researchers, and for those in institutions who support them.
Wonkhe founder and CEO Mark Leach interviews Nicola Dandridge, CEO of the Office for Students, about the new regulator. Recorded at Wonkhe's recent conference on the new regulatory landscape "It's Alive" - at the British Library in London in front of a live audience on 20th March 2018.
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