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The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast

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Every week a panel of top higher education wonks 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 a panel of top higher education wonks 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

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Every week a panel of top higher education wonks dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.

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Rank #1: 13: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 13

Dec 21 2018
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It's our Christmas Clip Show Student Snowflake Special! There's been a lot of activity on the freedom of speech agenda this term, and in this festive compilation wonks from across the sector analyse the issues. With Smita Jamdar, Charles Heymann, Chris Shelley, Selena Bolingbroke, Greg Walker, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Shân Wareing, Andrew Berwick, Pete Quinn, Eve Alcock, Louis Coiffait, David Kernohan and Wonkhe's editor and founder Mark Leach.

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Rank #2: Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18

Nov 06 2018
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The full recording of Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18.

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Rank #3: 7: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 7

Nov 06 2018
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This week in a specially recorded live episode from Wonkfest18, our panel discuss leaks from the Augar review, the OfS' view on uni bailouts and minister Sam Gyimah's student information apps. With Anne-Marie Canning- Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at Kings, Paul Greatrix- Registrar at Nottingham University and Wonkhe's editor and founder Mark Leach.

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Rank #4: 12: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 12

Dec 13 2018
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The Office for Students has published results of its Access & Participation consultation, and there’s a fresh batch of UCAS data for the panel to look at. There’s an interesting new report out on commuters. Plus this year’s social mobility index, and the latest from our contributors. With Clare Marchant, CEO at UCAS; Richard Eyre from the Brilliant Club and Wonkhe’s own Arthi Nachiappan.

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Rank #5: 10: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 10

Nov 29 2018
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This week our panel discuss the the latest stats from UCAS on the impact of offer making on exam attainment, a new report on women in HE leadership, and an interesting new idea on funding HE. Plus new stats on graduate earnings and highlights from our contributors. With Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of Push and the Engineering Professors’ Council; Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive of Student Minds, and Wonkhe’s associate editor David Kernohan.

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Rank #6: 3: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 3

Oct 04 2018
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This week our panel discuss the conservative party conference, degree apprenticeships and stats on human capital. Plus the "banning clapping" saga and highlights from the week on our blogs. With Greg Walker Chief Exec at MillionPlus, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson incoming chair at the British Youth Council and co-founder of For our Future’s Sake, and Wonkhe's founder and editor Mark Leach.

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Rank #7: 11: The University Show - Episode 11 - Ask the Wonk

Jul 06 2018
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This episode of the University show is our Ask the Wonk special. Our panel featuring, Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe answer a range of questions submitted by our Wonkhe audience. We tackle questions such as; are unconditional offers an unmitigated evil? Grade inflation - a thing, or not a thing? And have a robust discussion on whether Vice-Chancellors should study a module at their own insitution every 3 years. Enjoy. If you have a question for our next Ask the Wonk special get in touch via team@wonkhe.com

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Rank #8: 10: The University Show - Episode 10 - Teaching excellence and salary outcomes

Jun 12 2018
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In this episode we talk about student outcomes, graduate salaries and measures of teaching.  We have a discussion featuring Colette Fletcher, Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe. For further reading on LEO we recommend Celia Hunt, Director of Strategic Development at the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Wonkhe article [LEO and its limitations for learners.](https://wonkhe.com/blogs/leo-and-its-limitations-for-learners/)

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Rank #9: 9: The University Show - Episode 9 - The Civic University

May 24 2018
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In this episode we talk about the civic role of universities and what part they have to play in their local areas and communities. We have a discussion featuring Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, Deborah Bull, Vice President/Vice Principal (London), King’s College London and Mark Leach, Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview Rachel Wolf from Public First who recently conducted research with local residents across 10 university towns to find out what they thought of their local institution and we talk to the Chair of the newly formed Civic University Commission Lord Kerslake.

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Rank #10: 8: The University Show - Episode 8 - UKRI and the new research landscape

May 11 2018
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In this episode we talk about the latest developments in research policy including the establishment of UK Research and Innovation - the new research mega-council. We have a discussion featuring Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy & Policy, and Joint Chief of Staff in the Office of the Vice-Provost Research at University College London; Harriet Barnes, Head of Policy for Higher Education and Skills at the British Academy; David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England and Mark Leach Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview with Professor James Wilsdon of the University of Sheffield to discuss what the new landscape might mean for researchers, and for those in institutions who support them.

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Rank #11: 7: The University Show - Episode 7 - Nicola Dandridge in conversation

Apr 22 2018
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Wonkhe founder and CEO Mark Leach interviews Nicola Dandridge, CEO of the Office for Students, about the new regulator. Recorded at Wonkhe's recent conference on the new regulatory landscape "It's Alive" - at the British Library in London in front of a live audience on 20th March 2018.

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Rank #12: 6: The University Show - Episode 6 - The Wonk Panel

Apr 08 2018
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Wonkhe’s Catherine Boyd talks to Joy Elliott-Bowman about her career in HE policy and Ant Bagshaw interviews EY Parthenon’s Matt Robb about the Wonk Panel and the challenges facing higher education.

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Rank #13: 5: The University Show - Episode 5 - The Enemy Within (12th March 2018)

Mar 11 2018
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In a special episode of The University Show, Wonkhe's editor Mark Leach sets out what went wrong with the narrative about universities and students (and what we can do about it).

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Rank #14: 4: The University Show Episode Four - Regulation (4th March 2018)

Mar 04 2018
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It's regulation, regulation and more regulation in episode 4 of The University Show, following the Office for Students publishing its new regulatory framework for English HE. Eric is joined by lawyer Smita Jamdar, top policy wonk from the Russell Group Sarah Stevens and Wonkhe editor Mark Leach. Also, Catherine Boyd and David Kernohan run down their take on the new regulatory framework.

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Rank #15: 3: The University Show - Episode Three (28th February 2018)

Feb 28 2018
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In the third episode of our podcast, The University Show, we talk about mental health in higher education as part of University Mental Health day, which is on 1st March. Louis Coiffait, Rachel Piper, Chris Shelley and Eric Stoller talk about how mental health affects students and staff and how to develop better policy to support everyone in the sector.

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Rank #1: 13: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 13

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It's our Christmas Clip Show Student Snowflake Special! There's been a lot of activity on the freedom of speech agenda this term, and in this festive compilation wonks from across the sector analyse the issues. With Smita Jamdar, Charles Heymann, Chris Shelley, Selena Bolingbroke, Greg Walker, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Shân Wareing, Andrew Berwick, Pete Quinn, Eve Alcock, Louis Coiffait, David Kernohan and Wonkhe's editor and founder Mark Leach.

Dec 21 2018
45 mins
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Rank #2: Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18

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The full recording of Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18.

Nov 06 2018
45 mins
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Rank #3: 7: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 7

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This week in a specially recorded live episode from Wonkfest18, our panel discuss leaks from the Augar review, the OfS' view on uni bailouts and minister Sam Gyimah's student information apps. With Anne-Marie Canning- Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at Kings, Paul Greatrix- Registrar at Nottingham University and Wonkhe's editor and founder Mark Leach.

Nov 06 2018
35 mins
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Rank #4: 12: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 12

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The Office for Students has published results of its Access & Participation consultation, and there’s a fresh batch of UCAS data for the panel to look at. There’s an interesting new report out on commuters. Plus this year’s social mobility index, and the latest from our contributors. With Clare Marchant, CEO at UCAS; Richard Eyre from the Brilliant Club and Wonkhe’s own Arthi Nachiappan.

Dec 13 2018
33 mins
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Rank #5: 10: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 10

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This week our panel discuss the the latest stats from UCAS on the impact of offer making on exam attainment, a new report on women in HE leadership, and an interesting new idea on funding HE. Plus new stats on graduate earnings and highlights from our contributors. With Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of Push and the Engineering Professors’ Council; Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive of Student Minds, and Wonkhe’s associate editor David Kernohan.

Nov 29 2018
34 mins
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Rank #6: 3: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 3

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This week our panel discuss the conservative party conference, degree apprenticeships and stats on human capital. Plus the "banning clapping" saga and highlights from the week on our blogs. With Greg Walker Chief Exec at MillionPlus, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson incoming chair at the British Youth Council and co-founder of For our Future’s Sake, and Wonkhe's founder and editor Mark Leach.

Oct 04 2018
40 mins
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Rank #7: 11: The University Show - Episode 11 - Ask the Wonk

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This episode of the University show is our Ask the Wonk special. Our panel featuring, Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe answer a range of questions submitted by our Wonkhe audience. We tackle questions such as; are unconditional offers an unmitigated evil? Grade inflation - a thing, or not a thing? And have a robust discussion on whether Vice-Chancellors should study a module at their own insitution every 3 years. Enjoy. If you have a question for our next Ask the Wonk special get in touch via team@wonkhe.com

Jul 06 2018
42 mins
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Rank #8: 10: The University Show - Episode 10 - Teaching excellence and salary outcomes

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In this episode we talk about student outcomes, graduate salaries and measures of teaching.  We have a discussion featuring Colette Fletcher, Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, Deputy CEO of Wonkhe. For further reading on LEO we recommend Celia Hunt, Director of Strategic Development at the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Wonkhe article [LEO and its limitations for learners.](https://wonkhe.com/blogs/leo-and-its-limitations-for-learners/)

Jun 12 2018
33 mins
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Rank #9: 9: The University Show - Episode 9 - The Civic University

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In this episode we talk about the civic role of universities and what part they have to play in their local areas and communities. We have a discussion featuring Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, Deborah Bull, Vice President/Vice Principal (London), King’s College London and Mark Leach, Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview Rachel Wolf from Public First who recently conducted research with local residents across 10 university towns to find out what they thought of their local institution and we talk to the Chair of the newly formed Civic University Commission Lord Kerslake.

May 24 2018
43 mins
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Rank #10: 8: The University Show - Episode 8 - UKRI and the new research landscape

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In this episode we talk about the latest developments in research policy including the establishment of UK Research and Innovation - the new research mega-council. We have a discussion featuring Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy & Policy, and Joint Chief of Staff in the Office of the Vice-Provost Research at University College London; Harriet Barnes, Head of Policy for Higher Education and Skills at the British Academy; David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England and Mark Leach Editor of Wonkhe. We also have an interview with Professor James Wilsdon of the University of Sheffield to discuss what the new landscape might mean for researchers, and for those in institutions who support them.

May 11 2018
43 mins
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Rank #11: 7: The University Show - Episode 7 - Nicola Dandridge in conversation

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Wonkhe founder and CEO Mark Leach interviews Nicola Dandridge, CEO of the Office for Students, about the new regulator. Recorded at Wonkhe's recent conference on the new regulatory landscape "It's Alive" - at the British Library in London in front of a live audience on 20th March 2018.

Apr 22 2018
48 mins
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Rank #12: 6: The University Show - Episode 6 - The Wonk Panel

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Wonkhe’s Catherine Boyd talks to Joy Elliott-Bowman about her career in HE policy and Ant Bagshaw interviews EY Parthenon’s Matt Robb about the Wonk Panel and the challenges facing higher education.

Apr 08 2018
32 mins
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Rank #13: 5: The University Show - Episode 5 - The Enemy Within (12th March 2018)

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In a special episode of The University Show, Wonkhe's editor Mark Leach sets out what went wrong with the narrative about universities and students (and what we can do about it).

Mar 11 2018
38 mins
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Rank #14: 4: The University Show Episode Four - Regulation (4th March 2018)

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It's regulation, regulation and more regulation in episode 4 of The University Show, following the Office for Students publishing its new regulatory framework for English HE. Eric is joined by lawyer Smita Jamdar, top policy wonk from the Russell Group Sarah Stevens and Wonkhe editor Mark Leach. Also, Catherine Boyd and David Kernohan run down their take on the new regulatory framework.

Mar 04 2018
40 mins
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Rank #15: 3: The University Show - Episode Three (28th February 2018)

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In the third episode of our podcast, The University Show, we talk about mental health in higher education as part of University Mental Health day, which is on 1st March. Louis Coiffait, Rachel Piper, Chris Shelley and Eric Stoller talk about how mental health affects students and staff and how to develop better policy to support everyone in the sector.

Feb 28 2018
42 mins
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