Distinction and Diversity in Higher Education

Immigration: politics matter more than statistics

29 Jun 2012 – Andy Westwood

In the last couple of weeks we have seen several media stories about immigration and international students. Eighty VCs and Chairs wrote to the PM to ask that international students be removed from the migration statistics. It’s a very well …

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Changing university criteria doesn’t dilute the brand

27 Jun 2012 – Andy Westwood

I’ve had a small twitter row with Sussex University following their Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing’s opinion piece in the THE attacking the Government’s decision to lower the numerical threshold for university status. Recently in this blog I’d set out …

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Why being a University Matters

10 Jun 2012 – Andy Westwood

In last June’s Higher Education white paper (yes it really was that long ago), BIS declared their intention to reduce the qualifying threshold for university title from 4,000 to 1,000 students. All the other qualifying criteria – notably the need …

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Student Number Controls for 2013

30 Apr 2012 – Andy Westwood

Ministers have now made up their minds on student number controls for 2013 opting for an increase in contestable places with a shift from AAB to ABB and equivalents – further opening up the market at the top end. Core …

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An innovation and efficiencies pot?

05 Apr 2012 – Andy Westwood

The Government doesn’t quite know what it wants to do with the core and margin policy next year. At the moment their instinct is to run it again on more or less the same terms. Ministers don’t see either AAB …

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Why local pay isn’t a great or straightforward idea

19 Mar 2012 – Andy Westwood

Weekend media was full of Budget leaks suggesting that the government will abandon national public sector pay deals for a series of local or regional settlements. Such a decision may save considerable money for HM Treasury over the longer term …

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OFFA appointment chaos

08 Feb 2012 – Andy Westwood

Today we hear that Les Ebdon has been vetoed by the BIS select committee as the next head of OFFA. In a new process of scrutiny and endorsement, committee members voted 4-2 against appointing him arguing that in his appearance …

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