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The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast

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Higher Education
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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

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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.

Rank #1: 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
53 mins
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Rank #2: 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
38 mins
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Rank #3: 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
36 mins
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Rank #4: 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
49 mins
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Rank #5: 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
35 mins
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Rank #6: Strike complaints, access, harassment

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On the show this week we discuss student complaints about last year's strike action and compensation. The Office for Students has new guidance out on access and participation plans, and there's new data on sexual misconduct on campus. Plus hidden history, our correlation quiz and the latest from our bloggers.

With HE public affairs and strategy expert Charles Heymann, Lucy Findlay of Social Enterprise Mark, and Wonkhe’s David Kernohan.

Feb 28 2019
36 mins
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Rank #7: 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
37 mins
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Rank #8: 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
40 mins
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Rank #9: 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
41 mins
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Rank #10: 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
40 mins
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Rank #11: Minister, research access, Warwick, donations

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On the podcast this week we discuss HE minister Chris Skidmore's recent speech and comments that give us clues about what will happen next with fees and funding. We also chat access to research, the fall out from the Warwick WhatsApp case, the mega donation to Cambridge and the latest from our bloggers. And on the Hidden History of HE we look at the first commuter universities.

With Andy Westwood, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester, Selena Bolingbroke, Lead for External Engagement & Strategic Development at Goldsmiths University of London and Wonkhe’s Associate Editor, Minto Felix.

Feb 08 2019
40 mins
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Rank #12: Uni bailouts, subsidies and teaching excellence

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What is the real cost to the taxpayer of funding higher education? This week on the podcast we look at report trying to answer that question, as well as students’ views on bailouts for universities, student mental health stats, Hidden History and our correlation quiz.

With Andy Youell, strategic data advisor; Eve Alcock, president of Bath Students’ Union; and Wonkhe’s editor Debbie McVitty.

Mar 07 2019
42 mins
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Rank #13: 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
43 mins
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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
45 mins
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Rank #15: 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
35 mins
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