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Economic vs social conservatism?

27 Sep 2013 – Andy Westwood

On the face of it, the Conservatives should be looking forward to discussing higher education at their party conference in Manchester. As we will no doubt hear, the numbers of full time students starting this year look to have bounced back to somewhere …

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(It’s) Hard Labour?

20 Sep 2013 – Andy Westwood

Labour’s 2015 position on higher education policy – of all the three main political parties – is still probably the hardest to predict. But this is not necessarily because of the affordability of a £6k or even a £5k fee …

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Whither (or wither) the Lib Dems?

12 Sep 2013 – Andy Westwood

The Liberal Democrats kick off the party conference season in Glasgow next week. Will they develop a firm (and different?) position on higher education as the 2015 General Election approaches? Even after a policy review headed up by Baroness Brinton …

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Spending review – are there any acceptable cuts?

19 Jun 2013 – Andy Westwood

We are only a week away from George Osborne’s mini spending review where he is expected to announce cuts in spending of around £13.5 billion for the year 2015-16. If we are lucky we may also get an indication of …

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Do not underestimate Key Information Sets

18 Jun 2013 – GuildHE Admin

Dr Claire Taylor gives an insight into the thought processes and priorities of one 17 year old currently researching courses for 2014 entry.   At the time of writing, 2013 is old news. That is, old news for higher education …

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IPPR (and Labour’s) Critical Path to 2015

10 Jun 2013 – Andy Westwood

Why is there such a fuss about today’s IPPR Report? Largely for two reasons – firstly some interesting HE figures have been involved from Nigel Thrift and Janet Beer to Steve Smith and John Sexton. Second is its – and …

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Politics, Philosophy and Economics

22 May 2013 – Andy Westwood

Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Or what does sector ownership mean and does it matter? What is the value of ‘sector ownership’ – the philosophy that within the higher education sector (with the knowledge and support of peers and peer …

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Creative Industries – Time to Tell Better Stories

23 Apr 2013 – Andy Westwood

By Diane Coyle and Andy Westwood Do creativity and economics mix? Many creative people feel a certain degree of ambivalence about financial success; money is neither the only nor even the most important measure of success. Yet the UK has …

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