My latest Wonkhe piece summarises my recent paper on selective schools for HEPI, addresses some of the critiques and reflects on that fact that, whilst academics don’t need grammar schools for their own children, some seem to be very keen to remove the opportunity to level the playing field for those that do.
An ‘adversarial collaboration’ between myself and Jim Dickinson goes live on Wonkhe today, debating whether or not student unions are in need of significant reform. I put the case that they are, whilst Jim, one of the best representatives of the student union movement, argues that they’re not. Read the full articles below:
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
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
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…
My latest Wonkhe post, this time on the epidemic of grade inflation in our universities. Read the full article here. Grade inflation: a clear and present danger
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