Mark Leach

Wonkhe and Capita announce new sponsorship

by Mark Leach October 28, 2014

Wonkhe, the website all about higher education policy and Capita plc a leading provider of services to higher education, today announce a new sponsorship arrangement.

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Labour fighting about fees?

by Mark Leach October 17, 2014

Shadow Universities, Skills & Science Minister Liam Byrne has given a far-ranging interview to The House Magazine this week. It includes some interesting clues to where Labour is on HE fees – a question on the lips of much of the sector. Perhaps more intriguingly, this interview and other briefings are being used as evidence elsewhere for Labour being at war at the top.

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Registrarism comes home to Wonkhe

by Mark Leach October 14, 2014

The internationally respected higher education blog Registrarism by Dr Paul Greatrix (Registrar at The University of Nottingham), is joining forces with Wonkhe.

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QAA put on notice

by Mark Leach October 7, 2014

Some very big news from HEFCE out today. “The higher education (HE) funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to seek views on future approaches to the assessment of quality in higher education. Based on the feedback we receive, we will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. This will ensure transparency and demonstrate value for money.”

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Cold spots rebooted

by Mark Leach October 1, 2014

In 2008, the then Secretary of State at DIUS John Denham announced his ‘university challenge’ to plug the ‘cold spots’ of HE provision in England. The idea was to create HE ‘centres’ in partnership rather than brand new universities, although the media widely reported it as “Croydon planning to join Cambridge as a university town” etc. Today the idea makes a (sort of) return.

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Wonkhe ltd. welcomes two new Directors

by Mark Leach September 29, 2014

Today Wonkhe ltd. welcomes two new Directors and members of the Board. Thomas Veit (Director of External Relations, University of Leicester) and Jamie O’Connell (Product Director, Hobsons) join the company from October 2014.

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The accidental universities minister

by Mark Leach September 29, 2014

Last night at a fringe meeting hosted by ResPublica at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Universities and Science Minister Greg Clark MP made it clear that his passion is somewhere else.

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UKIP’s latest education policies

by Mark Leach September 26, 2014

With the General Election only 7 months away, UKIP are this week holding their final party conference and so have announced a spate of new policies include those relating to higher education. Mark Leach takes a brief look at them.

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The rising tide

by Mark Leach May 22, 2014

Last night The Guardian kicked off a major new investigation in to how some private HE colleges are abusing student loans. These revelations, along with those that are planned to follow it over the coming days, are damaging to the whole sector. With the Queens Speech just days away, the Government has one final chance to provide the legal underpinning to allow respectable institutions to thrive, and crack down on those that are exploiting the system.

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