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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 13th May 2020

Speculation on what the easing of lockdown means for universities and particularly research labs. Contention over the Augar Review recommendations. Further concerns for the employment outlook of the graduating cohort alongside conjecture that the lack of work may mean those who hadn’t planned to may consider postgraduate study or even commencing university at undergraduate level…. Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 6th May 2020

Dissection of the Government’s HE support ‘package’ has dominated all this week and the Sutton Trust have a new report reminding us of the importance of considering disadvantage within HE access and participation. HE ‘package’ The Government announced its ‘package’ to support the HE sector through the financial trauma caused by C-19. It has dominated… Read more »

COVID-19 and Parliament: opportunities and resources for researchers

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) board has approved four new POSTnotes on: AI and healthcare Developments in vaccine technologies Distance learning Regulating product sustainability Work on these will be starting in the following months. They are looking for experts to contribute their insights, literature or as external reviewers. For more information on… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 1st May 2020

Hi all – we are bit late against our Wednesday deadline this week, we’re sure you’ll understand.  Still lots going on and some of it doesn’t even relate to the crisis – KEF concordat high on your priority list, anyone? Students in the lockdown Minister under the spotlight: Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has responded to… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 15th April 2020

Hi all, a short update this week, with a couple of important updates Office for Students update The Office for Students issued another update to providers on 14th April. They confirm the on-going uncertainty on access to government schemes for HE providers – there are hopes that this will be resolved (in a positive way)… Read more »

Opportunities to engage with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

COVID-19 Outbreak Expert database A number of you have already signed up to POST’s database. It aims to provide policymakers and civil servants with information on researchers’ specialisms to help them identify experts across the UK whose work might inform responses to the pandemic. It is also a fantastic opportunity to obtain greater reach with… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 8th April 2020

Well, what a week! Lockdown hasn’t reduced the volume of content, analysis and comment out there (although there is a bit of a theme). Welcome to your fully stuffed policy update which contains more goodies than the average panic buyer’s larder (we know, that is such an outdated concept already). Exams, grades and admissions remain… Read more »

Coming soon – POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme – Open Call

  Advance notice that the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme Open Call will be launching in June 2020, when expressions of interest will be sought. Securing a prestigious fellowship with POST provides researchers with unique access to Parliament as well as direct potential for impact. It’s open to all employed academics with a PhD, and applicants… Read more »

BU policy update for the w/e 1st April 2020

HE news in the media has been dominated by talk of student number controls while the sector wrestles with decisions over student exams. Parliamentary Business Appointments Alex Chisholm has been announced as the new Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service. Alex is currently serving as Permanent Secretary at the… Read more »

COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database – update

According to Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU), more than 3,500 researchers from across the UK have signed up to its  COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database, which includes a number of BU academics across all faculties.   The KEU reports that it is already making use of the database and, later this week, will be directly contacting experts… Read more »

COVID-19 Pandemic: Public Health Implications in Nepal

Our editorial today in the Nepal Journal of Epidemiology highlights some of the key issues related to COVID-19 related to a low-income country such as Nepal [1].  There are various Public Health challenges to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in South Asia including Nepal. Learning from the  COVID-19 outbreak in China, there will be slowdown of economic… Read more »

HE Policy Update as at 25th March 2020

Welcome to your new mid-week update! If you missed our admissions special last week, you will also not have seen that we are moving away from Friday afternoon e-mails because we want to support your wellbeing. Nothing much has changed on admissions yet, by the way, so that one is still worth reading.  Government Updates… Read more »

He policy update for the w/e 13th March 2020

The first budget of the new Government was delivered on Wednesday. Overall a quieter week as most focussed on the nation’s health.  We can do no better than refer you to the BU website and for staff, the BU intranet pages. The Budget There was very little specifically relating to HE in the budget. Of most… Read more »