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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.

Science and Technology Committee – Leaving the EU report

The House of Commons Science and Technology committee’s report into leaving the EU has been published. To quote the main points from the summary: “The Government has provided some helpful and welcome short-term reassurances in relation to underwriting EU funding for research and maintaining access to student loans, but the Government’s strategy for communicating these… Read more »

HE policy update

Dear all Schools that work for everyone consultation In addition to the consultation workshop (second one on 17th November) we have set up a short survey for staff members who have experience of working with schools as governors or otherwise – please complete the survey here and let us have your views (closing on 18th… Read more »

Stern review of the REF – what next?

The Stern review of the REF was published in July 2016. The government have accepted the main recommendations, and we are expecting in November a HEFCE technical consultation on implementation – to affect the next REF exercise (probably in 2021). It is expected that the new arrangements will be settled by the summer of 2017…. Read more »

HE Policy update

Teaching Excellence The Higher Education Academy released a report on teaching excellence in a range of subjects – part of their response to the teaching excellence framework.  It includes a useful literature review and a report following interviews with academics.  The conclusions of the report include: pedagogic approaches are different for different subjects – the… Read more »

HE Policy update

Posted a little late – I’ve missed a couple of blogs so catch up on the last few here. Read the UUK evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into industrial strategy. This highlights the role of universities in: • making long -term, sustainable contributions to productivity and growth, • creating the best… Read more »

Influencing Public Policy Workshop

Calling all researchers! Would you like your research to influence policy? BU’s Policy Advisor, Jane Forster, will be running a workshop this Thursday 27 October to help you to use your research to influence policy makers. Working alongside policy makers is a useful tool to get your research recognised and used by professionals in your relevant… Read more »

Influencing public policy – training session

Working with policy-makers can be a really useful way of getting research recognised and used by professionals in the relevant field, resulting in an impact on society.  Not only can attempting to influence policy raise the profile of the research and have profound implications for society, it can also considerably raise the profile of the… Read more »

Committee inquiries: open calls for evidence

Below is a list of committee inquiries with current open calls for evidence. Please contact Emma Bambury-Whitton if you would like to discuss submitting evidence Commons Select Committee inquiries Child Maintenance Service | Work and Pensions Committee | Deadline: Monday 5 September 2016 (extended to Friday 30 September 2016) Role and effectiveness of ACoBA and… Read more »

Policy Update

Technical education HEFCE has published a report on employer demand for intermediate technical higher education. The report finds that employers generally recruit graduates from Level 6 for technician roles despite not requiring this level for the job, and this practice is increasing. Recruiting graduates from Level 6 is largely due to prestige of degrees and… Read more »

Changes to the Research Landscape

The upcoming changes to the research landscape have been in the limelight once again. The Higher Education and Research Bill had its second evidence session on Thursday 8th September which touched on the parts of the Bill that will have implications for research. The session was joined by Phil Nelson, Research Councils UK; Dr Ruth… Read more »

HE Policy Update

TEF The Times Higher discusses the reputational damage that could occur if leading institutions opt out of the TEF. The Times Higher argues that opting out would mean that teaching-focused institutions, who have the most to gain from the TEF, could once again find themselves losing out in an environment where research is king. Who… Read more »

Congratulations to Prof. Brooks

Congratulations to FHSS Prof. Ann Brooks on her latest academic article in the July issue of Cultural Politics. The article ‘The Cultural Production of Consumption as Achievement’ is co-authored with Lionel Wee. Brooks, A. & Wee, L., The Cultural Production of Consumption as Achievement Cultural PoliticsCultural Politics (2016) 12 (2): 217-232 doi 10:10.1215/17432197-3592112