Tag Archive: HE

HE policy blog: developing ‘graduate attributes’ and ‘employability’

FE College

Current narratives in HE are moving beyond a narrow focus on securing employment for students to include them developing a wider and more holistic set of employability ‘attributes’. This brief presentation summarises this trend and explore some of the challenges and future trends that may result. Tweet

Pocket Watch – HE’s funding settlement for 2014/15


To download the PDF please click here 2014/09 Introduction This week the annual Grant Letter for HE (in England) at last arrived, delayed it seems over wrangling as to where further cuts should fall. It doesn’t make for particularly comfortable reading rather vindicating George Osborne’s assertion last month that 2014 would be ‘the year of…

Pocket Watch – What’s in store for HE in 2014?

University Campus

To download the PDF please click here 2014/3 Introduction UKHE starts the year contemplating the implications of the Chancellor’s announcement in his recent Autumn Statement about lifting the cap on student numbers. The HE Minister was said to have been stunned at some of the adverse reaction that this announcement provoked particularly about how it…

HE Policy Blog: learning as we teach. e-books, an overview

Access to HE

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at a Pearson conference on e-books about the opportunities and challenges this emergent technology represents. This presentation covers seven key areas. 1. A little context 2. Caution – emergent technology 3. What are e-books anyway? 4. pro’s & con’s (according to the evidence) 5. e-book features 6. Teaching…

University admissions practices and social mobility

fair access launch

Research has consistently shown that higher education (HE) facilitates access to skilled job opportunities and confers economic and social benefits to both countries and individuals (OECD, 2013), including increased social mobility. There is also growing evidence that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can outperform their student peers on graduation, despite having lower qualifications on entry. Thus,…

Pocket Watch – Getting to grips with p/t and growth activity in HE

University Student

To download the PDF please click here 2013/72 Introduction HE has had its fair share of issues to cope with in recent years and two in particular, the fall in the number of part-time students and HE’s role in helping drive economic growth, have been the subject of significant reports this week. Neither is a…

HE Policy Blog: fair access to higher education

IMG_4680 copy

I just had the opportunity of presenting at the inaugural ‘World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education’ in Montreal. It was my first attempt at a synthesis of four projects that the Pearson Think Tank is involved in; on rising tuition fees, school-based careers guidance, university admissions and open education data. In different ways all…

Report launch event – Careers 2020 Phase Two: A cloudy horizon

To make progress in their lives and contribute to society, all young people need the right skills, knowledge and aptitudes, underpinned by the ability to make appropriate learning, work and life choices. Given a challenging context to achieving these outcomes, and the ambitious agenda of change pursued by the government, it is understandable that there…

Access for All – new research analysis on tuition fees


Launching Monday 8th of July at Pearson’s 80 Strand HQ, this research was carried out by the Strategic Society Centre and supported by UUK, Pearson College and the Pearson Think Tank. Launch event speakers include David Willetts, Les Ebdon, Roxanne Stockwell, UUK, Brightside and the IFS – Chaired by John Gill, Editor of Times Higher….

Pocket Watch – HE’s High Five

University Campus

To download the PDF please click here 2013/43 Introduction Five Reports in the last few weeks suggest that HE is moving up the policy agenda. Three of these Reports, those from million+, Universities UK and the University Alliance respectively focus on funding and this clearly remains a critical issue. Other issues include widening participation, reported…