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The Art of Augar: Hitting the Right Notes or a Little Off Key?

On Thursday 30th May 2019, the long-anticipated review of post-18 education and funding was launched. Never before has a government review been so quickly and thoroughly dissected, discussed and analysed, but the implications of the review will take longer to realise. In this blog post, Helen Watson, Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, University of London, shares her initial thoughts.  

Going For Broke: Do We Really Care About Education?

Alison Kennell, University Secretary at York St John University, argues that universities need to set a better example when it comes to financial self-regulation.

They’re Not Tuition Fees, They’re University Fees

There has been lots of talk in the media about tuition fees lately. Here, Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester, corrects a vital misunderstanding.

What Does ‘Value For Money’ Really Mean?

Steve Knight, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Sunderland, considers the rapidly changing value for money environment and some of the challenges we might face in responding to the new landscape.

Students at York St John University

Policy, Principles and People: The Student Funding Debate

Alison Kennell, University Secretary at York St John University, considers the recent discussions regarding university tuition fees and the wider debate on funding policy affecting higher education and students’ personal finances.

Photo credit: McCoy Wynne courtesy of University of Liverpool

2017 – Calming Waters or a Perfect Storm?

If 2016 taught us anything, it was that expectations do not always follow the predictable path. What had been built up as our ’norm’, over decades of lived experience, can be shattered in months – if not days. Vikki Goddard, Chief Operating Officer at Salford University, looks ahead to 2017 and predicts some turbulent times for universities, with a few brighter spells.

University of South Wales

HE Review of Funding: A Diamond in the Rough?

William Callaway, University Secretary at the University of South Wales, looks at funding arrangements for Welsh students and welcomes the potential impact of the recent Diamond Review.

Queen's University Belfast

Securing a Sustainable Funding Model

James O’Kane, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Queen’s University Belfast, discusses why securing a sustainable funding model for higher education in Northern Ireland must be a key priority for the new Northern Ireland Assembly. As we all deal with the challenges of change, AHUA members in England, Scotland and Wales will, hopefully, feel a little better on reading this blog.