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This part of the blog features news and information about higher education policy and how BU’s research is influencing policy.

HE policy update for the w/e 4th April 2022

A slightly quieter time with the House of Commons on recess. Before they went on recess, the Skills Bill finally made it over the line.  If you are wondering why we are focussing on school level education at the moment, the first item here will explain why, as the OfS provides more insight into its… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 4th April 2022

The Government has announced the current Parliamentary session will be prorogued in April (date not confirmed yet) (you’ll remember that process from “that” prorogation).  A new session will commence with a State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday 10 May. This means that legislation that is currently incomplete will either be dropped… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 18th March 2022

A wide ranging update for you this week! Parliamentary News Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to deliver his spring statement. Wonkhe predict: tough times are coming for a sector that almost certainly won’t feature in any list of political priorities. For students, thanks to the way these things have been historically calculated, inflation-linked rises to… Read more »

He policy update for the w/e 10th March 2022

A bit of a catch up on a range of issues this week after an education focus in our last couple of updates. Ukraine – UK HE’s approach Wonkhe readers will already have seen their round up relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here it is for those who haven’t caught it yet: Ukraine’s… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 3rd March 2022

The response to Augar – finally After so many delays that it seemed to have been passed by completely, we finally got the response to the Augar review and the outcome of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. You will recall that the Post-18 review was opened in February 2018 by Theresa May, and… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 17th February 2022

As it is Parliamentary recess, we thought we would do a general policy round up this week Fees, funding and finance We’ve updated our  separate paper on fees, funding and finance for BU readers while we wait for the final response to the Augar review. Research and knowledge exchange Post-Brexit there is still a great… Read more »

Upcoming Research Impact Workshops – book now!

We have five RKEDF Impact-related workshops coming up over the next month; please use the links below to book onto them via OD: Impact and Funding Applications: 16th February at 15:00  Influencing Policy – with Professor Mark Reed: 1st March at 13:00 Getting started with research Impact: what is it?: 8th March at 14:00 Inspirational… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 14th February 2022

Hi all, Parliament are in recess but there is plenty going on.  We start with last week’s reshuffle and research, but there are strong hints about new plans for access and participation Mini Reshuffle Last week there was a mini reshuffle of the parliamentarians holding Government. The appointments effectively draw his loyal staff ever closer… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 7th February 2022

Parliamentary news Michelle Donelan responded to oral questions within the chamber this week. They covered low-quality university courses (including in relation to disadvantaged access) and non-disclosure agreements. Research Professional (RP) has an interesting write up on low quality courses in the playbook. They note how few (41) courses don’t meet the quality threshold and that… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 28th January 2022

The big news this weekend was the quiet announcement of at least part of the government’s response to the Augar review – a freeze on the inflation linked threshold increase for student loan repayments. Student loan repayments The statement that generated a fair amount of weekend press coverage is here.  It looks like a very… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 21st January 2022

There so much regulatory stuff to talk about, so we are focussing on that this week.  There will be a more normal update next week. Moving the goalposts  – the OfS proposals for regulating absolute baselines This is the biggy – the one with the absolute student outcomes metrics.  The 60% metric that was all over… Read more »

Influencing Policy Workshop with Professor Mark Reed

If you would like your research to have an impact on government policy, or would like to influence the policy of large organisations, then this half day workshop by impact expert, Professor Mark Reed, of Fast Track Impact, is for you. This online half-day workshop is open to all academics and there are limited places,… Read more »

HE policy update w/e 17th January 2022

As the PM tries to focus on policy to reduce the chat about parties, it may be that the levelling up white paper finally sees the light of day fairly soon, and some big OfS consultations are also expected, so hold on to your hats for the next update!  In the meantime, plenty on research… Read more »

Free event – Q&A about engaging with Parliamentary Select Committees

If you would like your research to have policy impact, this free event being run by UCL is a great opportunity to find out more about  select committees and how to engage them with your research. “This year marks the 120th anniversary of the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, and we will be bringing… Read more »

Free Impact Event with Mark Reed

Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact is running a free online impact event: Monitoring and Evaluating Impact, with invited guest case study and discussion (with Mark Reed, Poppy Townsend (UKRI) and Rachel Blanche (QMU)): 09.30-11.00 UK time, 28th February 2022. Evidencing impact from research remains a huge challenge. This workshop will build on Mark… Read more »

End of year HE policy update December 2021

2021 drew to a fairly quiet close from an HE policy point of view – with all the excitement saved for the new year, as the government focuses on other things (which might well also be very present concerns in the new year too).  This is our last (planned) policy update for 2021, so we… Read more »

Dr Rafaelle Nicholson’s Expertise Features in House of Lords Select Committee Report

Evidence provided by BU’s Dr Rafaelle Nicholson has featured in a new House of Lords Select Committee report on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation, published on 10 December 2021. The report calls on the Government to establish a national plan for sport, health and wellbeing to tackle inactivity. Failings in sport and recreation policy… Read more »