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The legacy of David Willetts

24 Jul 2014 – Andy Westwood

Originally posted on wonkhe on July 17th, 2014: It is with mixed feelings that the sector says goodbye to David Willetts. He has been in the higher education and science brief continuously since 2005 – two years as Shadow Secretary of …

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Going International – more than milking the cash cow?

22 Jul 2014 – Sue Littlemore

Told time and again the value of International students is billions of pounds to the UK economy, that we are the number two destination in the world for foreign students, and that new lucrative markets are emerging, universities are frequently …

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Internationalising higher education

18 Jul 2014 – GuildHE Admin

Alex Bols, GuildHE Deputy CEO and Vicky Lewis, Director, Vicky Lewis Consulting What are the key features of an outstanding modern university? The answer to this has evolved down the years with the traditional double-helix of research and teaching more …

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Carter and the Unstoppable Teach First Machine

07 Jul 2014 – Andy Westwood

Sir Andrew Carter is currently leading a review of the curriculum in Initial Teacher Training. He was appointed by Michael Gove to lead the work in May and he’s due to report before the end of the year. That’s a pretty tight timetable …

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The 1994 Education Act and students’ unions

26 Jun 2014 – Alex Bols

It is now twenty years since the 1994 Education Act, an important moment for students’ unions. Much has changed since, both inside the student movement and outside where perceptions of students and representation has been constantly evolving. Read the full …

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Bologna Matters

19 Jun 2014 – Alex Bols

Alex Bols, GuildHE Deputy CEO, and Anne Corbett, author of Universities and the Europe of Knowledge (Palgrave 2005), review the Bologna Process

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What’s so special about specialist institutions?

20 May 2014 – Alex Bols

Last month I highlighted the diversity of higher education institutions as one of the key features of the UK higher education sector and its outstanding global reputation. After a couple of weeks in the job this strikes me as an …

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First Robbins, now it’s Crosland

28 Apr 2014 – Andy Westwood

Vince Cable gave a speech last week that most people won’t have noticed or read. If you haven’t, it’s worth taking the time to do so. I think it’s one of the best he’s given on either FE or HE. …

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Diversity Matters

04 Apr 2014 – Alex Bols

The strength of the UK higher education sector is in its diversity. This truism is often paid lip-service to by politicians, and some in the sector, before designing policy initiatives or funding streams that promote a “bigger is better” approach. …

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RAB – or the wizarding world of student finance?

25 Mar 2014 – Andy Westwood

Regulus Arcturus Black (1961 – 1979), also known as R.A.B., was a pure-blood wizard, born to Orion and Walburga Black, and attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1972 apparently. Now I haven’t got the first idea what any …

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