Quality & Standards

England, Oxfordshire, Henley Regatta, people under cover

Quality assurance and TEF should be ‘one system’, says Hefce head

Madeleine Atkins calls for ‘alignment and synergy’ between assessment regimes

Access & Admissions

Go-kart race

News blog: How will the lifting of student number controls affect universities?

Concern that quantity, not quality will be prioritised as higher education marketplace opens up

Private sector

Aare Afe Babalola= interview, Afe Babalola University

Q&A with Aare Afe Babalola

We talk to the lawyer, academic, former pro-chancellor and founder of a private university in Nigeria



Athena SWAN reaches Ireland

Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick become the first organisations outside the UK to gain an Athena SWAN charter mark for gender equality


12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education

From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st century higher education

A woman using a computer to take part in a Mooc

FutureLearn looks beyond the 1% to offerings of post-92s

UK Mooc platform adds new partners after admitting that using global rankings as a proxy for quality ‘hides a lot of detail’

University funding

Money, funding, facilities, fundraising

Facilities key to students’ university choice

Students place more value on facilities than reputation, research finds

Loan, money, savings

OBR should examine student loans system, says panel

Independent Commission on Fees concerned by high write-off rate and impact on ‘squeezed middle’

Most commented

  • Elly Walton illustration (16 July 2015)

Whether in jest or not, sexist language shows an insensitivity to gender issues at odds with academic values, argues Dorothy Bishop

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

Tony Little points to ‘increasing gap’ between teaching standards at sixth form and university

  • Two men looking surprised in an office

Report says projects fail when scholars obsessed with “shiny things” ignore business needs

  • AC Grayling, writer and academic

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution