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Wonkhe: Subject TEF

Wonkhe: Subject TEF

My lastest Wonkhe article looks at the latest government updates on subject level TEF, the first major policy release since I was involved. You can read the full article here: An outsider’s view of subject level TEF

Wonkhe: A Hierarchy of Purposes in Higher Education

Wonkhe: A Hierarchy of Purposes in Higher Education

My latest Wonkhe article looks at the various purposes fulfilled by higher education and concludes that it’s time to make receiving a degree conditional upon passing a basic national test in Maths and English. Read the full article here: A hierarchy of purposes in higher education

A Better Secondary School History Curriculum

A Better Secondary School History Curriculum

There are three years of compulsory history in secondary school. That’s just nine terms. If history at primary school is about awakening the love of learning, and more advanced study is about in-depth study and the development of historiographical skills, the best way of using these three years is by ensuring that everyone who goes through them as a broad overview of the sweep of human history and how different historical events and their legacy contribute to making the world…

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Wonkhe: Engaging Effectively

Wonkhe: Engaging Effectively

My latest Wonkhe article – how to engage civil servants effectively. I set out five dos and don’ts for government engagement. You can read the full article below: How to engage civil servants effectively

A New University Ranking

A New University Ranking

Ranking universities by the proportion of entrants who go on to graduate jobs or further study. The  higher education landscape is blessed with many detailed and accurate datasets. Many of the most commonly used sources of data, however, artificially flatter the sector’s performance. For example, the sector’s preferred measure of ‘non-continuation’ only looks at the proportion of  students who don’t continue from the first to the second year – rather than, as one might expect, the proportion that complete (or…

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Wonkhe: Value for Money for Whom?

Wonkhe: Value for Money for Whom?

Is going to university value for money? In my latest Wonkhe article I look at misalignments between the individual and the state when it comes to assessing value for money, examine the increasing prevalence of ‘signalling’ dominating over actual skills gains and discuss the need to transfer funding from failing academic courses to high quality technical and vocational alternatives. You can read the full article here: Working towards a sector taxonomy of value If you’ve not yet done so, there…

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First Wonkhe contribution

First Wonkhe contribution

My first article as a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe has been published: ‘In defence of archaic governance structures’. In it, I make the case for the restoration of academic self-governance as part of the solution to the ongoing crises in higher education, including the recent pensions dispute and high levels of executive pay. You can read the full article here: In defence of archaic governance structures