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The Society for Research into Higher Education

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Who should pay for higher education in England, and how much

by Rob Cuthbert SRHE News is a quarterly publication, available only to SRHE members, which aims to comment on recent events, publications, and activities in a journalistic but scholarly way, allowing more human interest and unsupported speculation than any self-respecting … Continue reading

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Quality and standards in higher education

By Rob Cuthbert What are the key issues in HE quality and standards, right now? Maintaining quality and standards with the massive transition to remote learning? Dealing with the consequences of the 2020 A-levels shambles? The student experience, now that … Continue reading

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The coronavirus isn’t a neoliberal

by Paul Temple In a blog post last December, I attempted to chart the broad changes in UK public-sector planning and management over the decades since 1945. I suggested that while central planning methods based on the idea of “predict … Continue reading


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“A market exit…with a material negative impact”

by Paul Temple Our late and much-missed friend David Watson used to say that every government department should have an office marked “Cassandra”. Whenever a new policy was proposed, someone had to poke their head round the door and say, … Continue reading

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Cronyism, academic values and the degradation of debate

by Rob Cuthbert The pandemic has accelerated many trends which were already apparent, such as the switch away from the high street to online purchasing, and in HE the move to on-line, remote and asynchronous learning. The influence of social … Continue reading

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Sneering at ‘low quality’ universities and their students is not the way to equalise educational opportunities

by Rob Cuthbert Jamie Doward reported for The Observer on 26 January 2020 on recent research by Stuart Campbell, Lindsey Macmillan, Richard Murphy and Gill Wyness of UCL’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP Discussion Paper No 1647 August 2019 Inequalities … Continue reading

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On not wasting a good crisis

by Rob Cuthbert Editorial from SRHE News Issue 41 (July 2020) It seems that in English higher education, some people have been determined not to waste the Covid19 crisis, either as an opportunity or as a threat. How well have … Continue reading