Rank #1: Student housing, research funding, sexual misconduct, Augar
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
Rank #2: The Hidden History of HE
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
Rank #3: Live from Wonkfest 2019
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
Rank #4: The Hidden History of HE Box Set: Season 2 Part 2
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
Rank #5: Bolton fire, Oxford Union, election
With Jess Moody, Senior Adviser at Advance HE; and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.
Nov 21 2019
Rank #6: Financial forecasts, cybersecurity, apps
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
Rank #7: Tories, NUS, stalking, rent guarantors
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
Rank #8: Non disclosures, access, pro-life, a levels
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
Rank #9: EU students, over-education, BME attainment, Cambridge and slavery
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
Rank #10: Mental health, BME gap, freshers
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
Rank #11: Higher technical, Warwick, clearing
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
Rank #12: 8: VC pay, mental health, TEF4, graduation
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
Rank #13: 7: Student experience, safeguarding, mobility, Tories
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
Rank #14: 6: Augar's cost, tertiary and legal action
With Michelle Morgan of Bournemouth University; Philip Plowden, Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University; and Wonkhe’s Jim Dickinson.
Jun 06 2019
Rank #15: 5: Augar special
With Wonkhe's Editor in Chief Mark Leach; our Editor Debbie McVitty and our Associate Editor David Kernohan.
May 30 2019
Rank #16: The education policy trap: will the Augar review avoid the mistakes of the past?
May 25 2019
Rank #17: 4: Staff well being, degree classification, student health
With Justine Andrew of KPMG; Amatey Doku of the National Union of Students; and Wonkhe’s Mark Leach.
May 24 2019
Rank #18: 3: Research, anti-semitism, social mobility, car parking
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
Rank #19: Grade inflation, loneliness, mergers, Peterson
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
Rank #20: International, cheating, skills, demography
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