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The Wonkhe Show

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tracks

Labour, access and participation, free speech, social class
This week on the show we’ve been to Labour Party Conference. Was anything of interest for higher education announced?Plus the Office for Students has been revising its approach to access and participation, there’s new research out on perceptions of free speech among both students and the wider public, and UCU has a report out on staff and social class.With Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Andrew Bush, Director of Higher Education Internal Audit and Advisory lead at KPMG, James Coe, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, editor in chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
38:46 29/09/22
Admissions, Energy Costs, Academic Freedom
This week on the podcast we're at the end of the 2022 applications season - has there really been a crunch on university places? We also consider if the sector and its students have the energy for the year ahead, and there's a new pamphlet out on academic freedom calling for better education on the concept.With Smita Jamdar, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau, Gavan Conlon, Partner at London Economics, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
48:30 22/09/22
Hidden History special
This week in a special edition of the podcast, academic registrar and sector historian Mike Ratcliffe reflects on the history of the relationship between the royal family and higher education, as well as the fight between Oxford and Cambridge over who is the oldest university and the origins of a student-centred approach to governance. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18:00 15/09/22
Truss, Cost of Living, Digital
This week on the podcast Liz Truss is the new Prime Minister - what does that and her ministerial appointments mean for higher education? Plus we discuss the cost of living, a new report from Jisc on the digital student experience, and there's an exciting new feature to play along with.With Gary Hughes, Chief Executive at Durham Students’ Union, Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards at the Quality Assurance Agency, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Acting Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
51:15 08/09/22
Review of Summer 2022
Before the show returns properly for the Autumn season, this week the team meets to discuss what you might have missed (or wish you'd missed|) over the summer, including everything from clearing and student numbers to the cost of living crisis, the Conservative leadership contest, the culture wars and the B3 bear. Plus Mike Ratcliffe has a tale of town gown conflict.With David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
38:52 05/09/22
Politics, UCAS, cost of living, cheating
This week on the podcast we have a new minister at the Department for Education - but will she be around for long enough to make a difference? Plus there’s new applications data from UCAS, a coming cost of living crisis for students, a new report on academic governance and evidence suggesting a growing cheating problem in online exams - can anything be done to stop it?With Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Aashish Khadia, Director of Planning at University of Leicester, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief, Mark Leach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
39:49 15/07/22
Politics, NSS, grade inflation, access
This week on the podcast we attempt to keep up with the drama at No.10. What does it all mean for higher education? Plus this year’s NSS results are out, the sector tries to get a grip on grade inflation and there’s a new report out on Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.With Alistair Jarvis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance) at the University of London, Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:35 08/07/22
Equality charters, free speech, staff and tech, Labour and fees
This week on the podcast there’s a ministerial intervention over equality charters in the name of free speech. How should universities respond?Plus there’s new research on staff views of technology, and big questions over Labour’s policy on fees and funding as speculation mounts about a snap election.With Martha Horler, Head of Registry Services & Business Intelligence at Futureworks, Johnny Rich, CEO at the Engineering Professors' Council, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:29 01/07/22
Graduate wellbeing, student housing, free speech
This week on the podcast graduate anxiety is on the rise and feelings of dissatisfaction and low worth are becoming more prevalent. What’s going on?Plus major changes to the student rental housing market are coming, and there’s new polling out on students and free speech.With Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy at HEPI, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:32 24/06/22
Public accounts committee, belonging, student financial support, free speech
This week on the podcast MPs are struggling to pin universities’ problems on the right body - where does responsibility lie when things go wrong? There’s also the next phase of our research on belonging with Pearson, a fall (in England) to dramatic new lows for student financial support, and the free speech bill clears the commons.Plus we listen in as George Freeman and Ottoline Leyser appear at the Commons Science and Technology Committee, and hot off the press there’s some new graduates outcomes figures out from HESA.With Ben Elger, Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Selena Bolingbroke, Director of Sighthound Consultancy, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
37:52 16/06/22
Student experience, free speech, microcredentials
This week on the podcast the 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey is out - has the student experience bounced back post-pandemic? Plus we discover that free speech is alive and well on UK campuses, we think big about microcredentials and there’s some interesting new data out on innovation and outreach.With Marian Hilditch, academic registrar at the University of Bradford, Amatey Doku, consultant with Moorhouse, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:36 09/06/22
OfS investigations, uni leadership, skills
This week on the podcast OfS has launched eight investigations into suspected poor quality courses. What happens next? Plus VCs seem to be lasting longer than before, and there’s a raft of new reports out on skills.With Ant Bagshaw, Partnerships Director at OES, Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive at MillionPlus, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
40:17 27/05/22
Wokery, LEO, grade inflation
This week on the podcast the press and politicians have been attacking the Race Equality Charter - how should universities respond? Plus there’s some interesting new LEO data out on the industries in which graduates are working, and OfS has published new figures on grade inflation.With Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Greenwich, Clare Adams, Head of Education Strategy at Handshake, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44:53 19/05/22
REF results, Queen’s speech, Access all areas
This week on the podcast the results of the Research Excellence Framework have been published - what do they mean and how should the exercise change?Plus a higher education bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech, and we reflect on our Access All Areas event where we discussed the big issues with OfS’ John Blake.With Carl Lygo, Vice Chancellor of Arden University, Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47:37 12/05/22
Complaints, consultations, student suicide, in-person teaching
This week on a heavily West Midlands infused podcast, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator has published its annual report - what is it telling us about complaints and consumerism in HE? Plus sector bodies have been publishing their responses to the English HE reform proposals, there’s a new report out on student suicide and information sharing, and Michelle Donelan is putting “boots on the ground” over in-person teaching.With Selena Bolingbrooke, HE consultant, Lawrie Phipps, Senior Research Lead at Jisc, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:39 06/05/22
Blair, spiking, minimum entry, free speech
This week on the podcast the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has argued for 70 per cent HE participation - but are interventions from Blair doing more harm than good? Plus the Home Affairs committee reports on spiking, IFS has a report on student loans and Michelle Donelan has been talking about free speech.With Paul Greatrix, University of Nottingham Registrar, Diana Beech, Chief Executive at London Higher, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:38 28/04/22
Covid harms, Michelle Donelan, Scandinavia
This week on the podcast we’re in Scandinavia learning about student representation, student rights, brewing societies and campus ombuds. Plus there’s a report out in Scotland on Covid harms in HE, and Michelle Donelan has published views on NDAs, mental heath and precarity.With Evie Croxford, President at Sheffield SU, Becky Ricketts, President at NUS Wales, Gary Hughes, CEO at Durham SU and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36:54 08/04/22
Grad jobs, staffing, China, student finance
This week on the podcast the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has published its annual Student Development Survey - what does it tell us about graduate jobs and skills? Plus we discuss staffing in the sector, a new report from HEPI on China, and institution-level student financial support.With Helen O’Sullivan, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Chester, Pete Quinn, independent higher education consultant, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:44 31/03/22
Spring statement, UKRI strategy, social mobility
This week on the podcast Rishi Sunak has delivered his spring statement, and we get across the politics, the policies and the implications for universities and students. Plus UKRI has a new strategy out, and HEPI has published a new version of a social mobility index for universities.With Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:48 24/03/22
Quality, demand, blended, disabled students
This week on the podcast the Office for Students’ consultations on quality have closed - what has the sector been saying? We’ve been kicking off a debate about meeting demand for HE in the next decade and whether student number controls are part of the answer. Plus OfS has launched a review into blended learning, and there’s two new reports on disabled students.With Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, Kate Wicklow, Policy Manager at Guild HE, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52:00 17/03/22
Ukraine, Augar, Digifest, Admissions
This week on the podcast we discuss the crisis in Ukraine and what universities can do,  and would like to do if only the home office allowed it. There's also Phillip Augar on the government's response to his review, a new admissions code, a look at university finances via the National Audit Office and DK's been to digifest. With Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham; Laura Tamara, Co-President at BedsSU; David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:19 10/03/22
Sexual misconduct, quality, belonging, drugs
This week on the podcast the Office for Students has new conditions on quality and standards - but what does it all mean? Universities UK has published new guidance on staff-to-student sexual misconduct - does it go far enough? There’s also a look at our research with Pearson on belonging, and a new HEPI report on drugs.With Michelle Morgan, Dean of Students at the University of East London, Andrew Hargreaves, co-founder of DataHE, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
48:39 03/03/22
Augar response special
This week on the podcast it’s a special edition as the government publishes its response to Phillip Augar’s Post-18 review of fees and funding. We dive into what has been (and hasn’t been) announced, think through some of the implications for universities and students, and consider the politics of everything from the Lifelong Loan Entitlement to freezing fees. And there’s also an interesting announcement on PQA.With Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor; Jim Dickinson, David Kernohan and Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editors; and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44:21 24/02/22
The Secret Life of Students 2022
This week on the podcast there’s a bunch of highlights from our student experience conference in London. We hear results from the Student Futures Commission and research on belonging, examples of student and SU led-projects on diversity, insights from generational research and reflections from the outgoing CEO of the Office for Students.With Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive at the Office for Students, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio,Vice President (HE) at NUS, Mary Curnock Cook, Chair of the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission, Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute King's College London, Richard Brabner, Director at the UPP Foundation, Omar Khan, Director of the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in HE, Shuab Gamote Project Manager at The Union MMU, Dani Bradford, Policy and Research Manager Students' Union UCL, Calum Sherwood, Senior Policy and Research Officer at Arts Students' Union, Georgia Spencer, Welfare Officer at Arts Students'​ Union, Syeda Zara Haram, Vice President Education, Herts SU, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:11 17/02/22
Access and participation, blended, careers, student finance
This week on the podcast there’s a new Director for Fair Access and Participation at OfS, and we’ve published new research on blended learning and careers.Plus the IFS says the government is tightening the screws on students, and UUK is doing work on drugs.With Graeme Atherton, University of West London and NEON, Zuleikha Chikh, SU President at University of Central Lancaster, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
49:08 10/02/22
Levelling up, black students in halls, disabled students
This week on the podcast we go searching for a role for higher education in the levelling up agenda.There’s also interesting new reports out on race and disability ahead of our Secret Life of Students event.With Amatey Doku, Consultant at NOUS, Selena Bolingbroke, Independent Consultant, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36:00 03/02/22
Student numbers, assessment, third years, blended
This week on the podcast we’re crunching numbers as HESA spring tells us about the size and shape of the sector in 2020/21, and UCAS end of cycle data gives us a sense of where we are this year. Who’s up, who’s down, and does it matter?We’re also thinking about assessment, considering the plight of third year students, looking at QAA research on blended learning and Dame Shirley Pearce gives Debbie the lowdown on the TEF review.With Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS Vice President for Higher Education, Lawrie Phipps, Senior Research Lead at Jisc, Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47:07 27/01/22
Outcomes, TEF, NDAs
This week on the podcast we’re discussing the Office for Students’ new proposals on the outcomes that universities will have to deliver for students. Are they the right way to judge quality?Plus OfS has a new design for the Teaching Excellence Framework, and Michelle Donelan is urging universities to outlaw the use of NDAs.With Mary Curnock Cook, Chair of the Student Futures Commission, Ben Archibald, General Manager at the Union of Students in Ireland, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
40:51 20/01/22
Omicron, access, harassment, NSS
This week on the podcast we’re back after the break being told that there’s “no excuses” for online learning. How is the sector handling Omicron?We’re also reflecting on exhortations from ministers on improving attainment in schools, reading up on UCU’s new report on harassment on campus, and trying to work out what’s going on with the National Student Survey.And DK has an update on the ARIA bill, and there's also the triumphant return of Yes, but does it correlate?With Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton, Ben Vulliamy, Chief Executive at York University Students’ Union, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
46:18 13/01/22
Plan B, admissions, staffing, “one nation”
This week on our Christmassy podcast, England has moved to plan B - but what does that mean for students and universities? The UCAS end of cycle report is out - what does a bumper year for high tariff providers mean for their local areas and the test of the sector? Plus there’s new reports on staffing in higher education, the idea of a “one nation” university, and Wonkhe’s bid for the Christmas #1.With Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy at the University of Salford, Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice at the University of Manchester, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
55:07 09/12/21