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Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.

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Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.

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The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

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Rank #1: Student housing, research funding, sexual misconduct, Augar

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On the podcast this week we talk about Chris Skidmore’s intervention into student accommodation not ready for the new term, and his letter to Research England about the future of UK research. We dig into what’s changed in the two years since UUK set up its harassment and hate crime task force, and discuss HEPI’s new report into how students view the Augar Review.

With Andy Youell, strategic data advisor; Shân Wareing, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at London South Bank University; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

Oct 10 2019

35mins

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Rank #2: The Hidden History of HE

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We’ve been on our Easter break at Wonkhe towers, so this week we’ve got a special treat - the whole season of the Hidden History of HE in one podcast.

Find out about the university curriculum that was designed exclusively for women, the origins of the commuting university, the battle to be the oldest university, and the students at a university where most of the rules were for those that taught them - and much more!

With Nottngham Trent’s Academic Registrar, Mike Ratcliffe.

Apr 24 2019

53mins

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Rank #3: Live from Wonkfest 2019

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This week live from Wonkfest our guests reflect on two intense days of higher education wonkery. We also chat the coming general election and UCU's impending industrial action.

With Andrea Burrows, MD at OES; Mary Curnock-Cook, Independent Education Expert; Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First; and Wonkhe's CEO Mark Leach.

Nov 05 2019

41mins

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Rank #4: The Hidden History of HE Box Set: Season 2 Part 2

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The Wonkhe Show podcast is on its Christmas break, so as a special treat we’ve rolled up Season 2 of the Hidden History of HE into two special box sets.

Every week Nottingham Trent’s Academic Registrar Mike Ratcliffe delves deep into the sector’s past to find out how things were and how things came to be. 

This week in part 2 Mike looks at the development of the doctorate, the regular execution of university chancellors, the origins of public funding of universities in the UK, the era of university MPs, when VCs met the PM, and the creation of the CATs.

Dec 26 2019

27mins

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Rank #5: Bolton fire, Oxford Union, election

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This week on the podcast we discuss the fire that affected student accommodation in Bolton, unpick the incident where a blind international student was forceably removed from a debate at the Oxford Union, and scrutinise the many demands made for higher education in the current general election campaign. And Hidden History looks at university chancellors...

With Jess Moody, Senior Adviser at Advance HE; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

Nov 21 2019

42mins

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Rank #6: Financial forecasts, cybersecurity, apps

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OfS has finally published its assessment of English providers' finances - and the forecasts look shaky. Our guests discuss the implications, along with a new report on cybersecurity, and another on the value of vocational degrees. 

Plus Chris Skidmore calls App Britain!, our correlation quiz and more Hidden History of HE.

With Johnny Rich, CEO of Push and the Engineering Professors' Council; Julia Clarke, Pro VC at Manchester Metropolitan; and Wonkhe's Editor Debbie McVitty.

Apr 04 2019

35mins

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Rank #7: Tories, NUS, stalking, rent guarantors

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A centre-right think tank has a new report out on generational differences. We also discuss NUS' conference, data on stalking and a fascinating rent guarantor scheme aimed at care leavers.

With Nick Hillman, Director at HEPI, Jess Moody, Senior Advisor at Advance HE and Wonkhe's own Arthi Nachiappan.

The shownotes and correlation quiz are on wonkhe.com

Note this episode contains discussion of stalking and domestic violence. Paladin is the national stalking advisory service paladinservice.co.uk. The national domestic violence helpline is 0808 2000 247.

Apr 11 2019

42mins

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Rank #8: Non disclosures, access, pro-life, a levels

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On the last podcast before our Easter break, we discuss the rise of non-disclosure agreements for university staff, the state of the Office for Students’ access and participation data, the refusal of affiliation for an anti-abortion group in Aberdeen, and students with low prior attainment doing well at university.

With Shan Wareing, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at London South Bank University; Thom Brookes, Professor of Law and Government at Durham University; and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan.

Apr 18 2019

40mins

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Rank #9: EU students, over-education, BME attainment, Cambridge and slavery

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The amount that EU students may have to pay to come to a UK university has been across the news this week, and our podcast guests analyse the debate. We also talk ONS figures on “over-education”, the UUK/NUS report on the BME attainment gap and Cambridge’s decision to look into its past. We also catch up with OfS’ Richard Puttock about data.

With Rachel Hall, Universities Editor at the Guardian, Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, and Wonkhe’s Jim Dickinson.

May 02 2019

40mins

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Rank #10: Mental health, BME gap, freshers

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This week we dive into Unite Students and HEPI’s new insights report, discuss Gavin Williamson’s letter to the Office for Students, look at the barriers faced by Black PhD students, and discuss whether freshers’ week needs a rethink. 
With Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students, Pete Quinn, former board member at AMOSSHE and now HE consultant, and Wonkhe Associate Editor Jim Dickinson

Sep 19 2019

42mins

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Rank #11: Higher technical, Warwick, clearing

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On our final podcast of the season we dive into the Department for Education’s technical review of level 4 and 5 qualifications and the results of a review into the Warwick WhatsApp issue. We take a look ahead to clearing and look back on a year in higher education policy. 
With Mary Stuart, vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln, Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester, and Wonkhe Associate Editor David Kernohan.

Jul 11 2019

43mins

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Rank #12: 8: VC pay, mental health, TEF4, graduation

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This week on the show we chat the results of UCU's FOI requests to universities about VC membership of remuneration committees, and the PM’s prevention plan to tackle mental ill health across the education sectors. And it’s that time of year - we take a look at graduation costs for students.

There's also a dose of True Crime on Campus and our Correlation Quiz.
With Rachel Piper, Policy Manager at Student Minds; Ben Vulliamy, chief executive of York Students’ Union; and Wonkhe’s own Minto Felix.

Jun 20 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: 7: Student experience, safeguarding, mobility, Tories

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This week we discuss the annual student academic experience survey produced by HEPI and Advance HE to dissect students’ perceptions of value for money, teaching and assessment. 

We also explore trends in international student mobility, and higher education has finally made its appearance in the manifestos of candidates for leadership of the Conservative party - we take a look. 

Plus True Crime on Campus and our Correlation Quiz.
With Gavan Conlon, Partner at London Economics; Greg Walker, chief executive of MillionPlus; Nottingham University's Head of Security Gary Stevens; and Wonkhe’s Debbie McVitty.

Jun 13 2019

40mins

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Rank #14: 6: Augar's cost, tertiary and legal action

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This week we count the costs associated with the Augar review of post-18 education and funding, and question whether there really is a gulf between higher and further education. We look at what Augar means for social mobility, and discuss a legal settlement involving a former Anglia Ruskin University student dissatisfied with the quality of her “Mickey Mouse” course.

With Michelle Morgan of Bournemouth University; Philip Plowden, Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University; and Wonkhe’s Jim Dickinson.

Jun 06 2019

45mins

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Rank #15: 5: Augar special

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The long awaited Augar review is finally out, and this week our top wonks discuss the proposals, implications for the sector and politics of the review. Plus a look behind the curtain at what went on at the launch event.

With Wonkhe's Editor in Chief Mark Leach; our Editor Debbie McVitty and our Associate Editor David Kernohan.

May 30 2019

49mins

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Rank #16: The education policy trap: will the Augar review avoid the mistakes of the past?

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On the eve of the expected publication of the Augar review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Mark Leach asks if it will avoid the education policy trap.

May 25 2019

41mins

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Rank #17: 4: Staff well being, degree classification, student health

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This week we discuss the Higher Education Policy Institute’s report on staff mental health and the University of Oxford’s programme to widen access to the institution. There is a statement of intent on degree classifications, and the question of how responsible universities should be for freshers’ weight gain.
With Justine Andrew of KPMG; Amatey Doku of the National Union of Students; and Wonkhe’s Mark Leach.

May 24 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: 3: Research, anti-semitism, social mobility, car parking

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This week we discuss the government’s strategy on research and innovation and the Minister’s intervention on anti-semitism. Duncan Exley, former Director of the Equality Trust, has published a book scrutinising the UK’s social mobility problem and we chat Wonkhe's Car Parking Ranking.

With Luke Myer of Edge Hill Students’ Union; Sarah Barr-Miller of UCAS; and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan.

May 16 2019

35mins

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Rank #19: Grade inflation, loneliness, mergers, Peterson

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Is grade inflation the problem that Damian Hinds claims it is? This week on the podcast we discuss DfE’s “intervention” on the issue, as well as research on student loneliness and the issue of institutional mergers and acquisitions. 

We also cover the University of Cambridge’s withdrawal of a two-month fellowship for Jordan Peterson.

With David Morris of the University of Greenwich; Rebecca Lowe of the Institute of Economic Affairs; and Wonkhe’s own Mark Leach.

Mar 28 2019

36mins

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Rank #20: International, cheating, skills, demography

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The government has published a new international education strategy - but is it enough given the competition? On the podcast this week we discuss the issues, as well as taking a look at Damian Hinds’ intervention on plagiarism. 

We also discuss the UK’s skills slowdown, the looming university recruitment crisis, and Hidden History looks at degrees for women.

With Robin Webber-Jones, Vice Principal at The Sheffield College; Kate Wicklow, Policy Manager at Guild HE; and Minto Felix, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

Mar 21 2019

38mins

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