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.

What are the real funding challenges in Scotland?

Dr Colin Campbell, Head of Policy and Planning at the University of Stirling discusses the implications and potential consequences of the latest funding announcements for HE in Scotland.

The Sustainability of UK HE: A Real and Present Danger?

Ian Creagh, Head of Administration and College Secretary at King’s College London looks at the future sustainability of UK higher education and examines the risks that the sector is currently facing.

BIS Efficiencies: Heading Towards Bonfire Night?

Vikki Goddard, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Salford discusses the potential options under consideration by BIS in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review and their implications for the HE sector landscape.