About Us

Founded on 31st January 2011 by Mark Leach, wonkhe (pronounced wonky) is an organisation for higher education wonks, those who work in the HE sector and anyone else interested in higher education policy, culture and politics. We aim to improve the quality of debate about higher education policy and provide a platform for some of the new or previously unheard voices in the sector. Although we will always look at politics and its relationship to higher education, the site is not partisan and not-aligned to any particular policies, politics or interests.


wonkhe ltd. is a company registered in England with company number: 08784934 and is responsible for this website and its associated channels. Our Board meet five times a year to shape the overall strategic direction of the organisation. An Editorial Group from across higher education meets termly to shape the overall content and tone of our website. Our Partners support the organisation and help us deliver our mission.




For a brief review of our first year, have a look here. For our second year, see here. And find a look back at our third year here.


This site allows for the free exchange of ideas and opinion in an open and constructive way. Comments on posts are moderated – please remain courteous to other contributors and authors and conduct yourself as you would offline in the spirit of open and constructive dialogue.