Tag Archive: Higher Education

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…

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…

HE policy blog: trends in part-time and online provision


I was recently asked to present to both Linking London and the Association of Heads of University Administration about trends in higher education provision. In particular I focused on the issues of part-time learners and online delivery (I argue that MOOCs should just be called ‘courses’). After painting a (pretty bleak) picture of the current context…

HE policy blog: higher education in Asia-Pacific


Its common knowledge that overall this region is seeing high economic growth, driven by large populations of young people and rapidly developing economies. But it is not always clear what’s happening ‘under the bonnet’ when it come to higher education. In this final post based on reflections from visiting the region for the Asia-Pacific edition…

HE policy blog: presenting some ideas about employability

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at a conference about employability in higher education. I was the first speaker of the day, setting the scene and highlighting issues for consideration. Below is the presentation I delivered, with some info about the context we’re in, different approaches to employability, related approaches and key questions to…

Pocket Watch – How are the HE reforms working?

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/22 Introduction Six months on, the first assessments of the impact of the HE reforms are beginning to come through. We’ve had trend evidence through UCAS reports of course, notably more positive in January, and plenty of anecdotal evidence, some of it less positive when the changes first…

HE Policy Blog: higher education in the Kingdom of Thailand


This next blog in the Blue Skies SEAsia series looks at Thailand. Ruled since 1946 by King Rama IX, the world’s longest-serving head of state, it has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932. It is the only South East Asian nation never to be colonised by the West although it did lose some territories to…

HE Policy Blog: higher education in Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia copy

Indonesia is the second country I visited while promoting the Asia Pacific edition of Blue Skies, with stops in Bali and Jakarta. It is an incredibly big, ambitious and diverse place, comprising an archipelago of over 17,500 islands. It is the fourth most populous country in the world with nearly 250m people, 87% of whom…

Pocket Watch – HE Funding and Priorities for 2013/14


To download the PDF please click here 2013/7 Introduction Nine priority areas and a budget now clearly showing the shift to the fee loan model make up this year’s Grant Letter to HEFCE released this week. HEFCE’s final assessment of the impact of the new fee regime introduced last year will not be complete for…

Pocket Watch – What does 2013 hold for HE?

Higher ed. iPad

To download the PDF please click here 2013/3 Introduction Another year under the new fee regime of course but what else might 2013 hold for the world of higher education? Current context The second half of 2012 saw three issues in particular bubble up all of which seem likely to run through 2013 as well….