Value for money in HE – denial is not an option

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The recent report by the House of Commons Education Committee ‘Value for money in higher education’ offers vital insight into the prevailing winds in HE, and how the concept of value for money for students is going to shape universities over the coming years.

So what is the report signalling, and what should universities be doing right now?

Here are some of the key messages in the report, and some suggestions as to how you might act now to reshape your plans for 2018/19 and beyond.

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One in 5 British Universities is slowly dying. These five steps might just save them.

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More than 20% of British Universities are slowly dying.  They are post-92 institutions who have seen their recruitment numbers fall every year since 2011. To read the Guardian and the Times Higher, you’d think this was all due to factors beyond their control.

The truth is that their decline is completely reversible because contrary to what the doom-mongers allege, the factors causing it are entirely within their control. Here are five steps which many other post-92 universities have taken with great success.

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One in five British Universities is slowly dying. And it’s entirely reversible.

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More than 20% of British Universities are slowly dying.  They are post-92 institutions who have seen their recruitment numbers fall every year since 2011. And to read the Guardian and the Times Higher, you’d think this was due to factors beyond their control.

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How to engage stakeholders and give your research the impact it deserves

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Halpin recently worked with a university who wanted to engage with stakeholders in relation to their research in a more strategic, targeted way. This is perhaps not a brief that universities set for themselves often enough. We loved working with the team, helping them make links to stakeholders who they might have otherwise overlooked, or not had a natural contact with. We also supported the preparation of materials and events they could use to take the work forward.

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8 signs consultancy might be right for you

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Have you ever wondered whether being a consultant is the right move for you? Having led two consultancy firms and worked as a consultant at various times in my career I think there are some key traits shared by all good consultants. I’ve come up with eight, but fellow consultants out there might have more to add.

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How safe can we make our universities?

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The university sector seems confused about what is meant by safeguarding, and how far universities should go to ‘take care’ of their students. The debate seems to be taking us beyond the letter of the law to make campuses as safe as possible for students who choose to invest their time, future life prospects and future debt with us.

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Clearing. The Black Friday of British higher education?

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The transaction between prospective students and universities has always been unlike that of any other buyer/seller. Students chose their preferred universities and then universities chose the students they wanted. There was a balance between demand and supply which under the grant-funded regime used to seemed to work. It didn’t matter if only a handful of students chose a particularly obscure degree with no job prospects. The government grant would subsidise it, and the student would enter the job market with no debt to speak of.

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We’re celebrating our first birthday!

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We are 1, we are 50, we are 1100!

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There’s too much to do, to review.

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This autumn, university governing bodies will be meeting with a long list of concerns. From the Office for Students (OfS) to student numbers to the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Read more

Desperation. Or Reputation?

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A seriously depressing article appeared in the Sunday Times last weekend (22nd July) on how a number of British universities are resorting to desperation tactics in order to attract the brightest students. This in a year when the number of student applicants is down to its lowest level in a decade.

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