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Revenge of the Expert: Wonkfest 2018

Alison Jones is the Chair of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) and Former University Secretary at the University of Bradford. She reports on the recent Wonkfest event in London, a festival of ideas and debate about the future of universities.


The Art of the Possible

Jane Robinson of Durham University discusses the contribution of culture and creativity to teaching, research and wider engagement.


The Evolving Civic Role of Universities  

Jane Robinson is the Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, having previously worked in local government and the creative sector. Here she reflects on the recently announced UPP Foundation Civic University Commission.


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Farewell HEFCE – A Bonfire of the Acronyms?

Nicola Owen, Chief Administrative Officer at Lancaster University and AHUA Blog Editor, reflects on HEFCE’s work and role as the sector bids the organisation farewell, and looks to the future under OfS.


They Think It’s All Over – Sadly Not

John Rushforth, Executive Secretary of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), reflects on the draft remuneration code and asks where we go from here.


The New Regulatory Framework – Fit for All?

Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, takes a look at Section 75 of the Higher Education & Research Act and asks for those in the sector to voice their thoughts on the new system.


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‘Til Brexit Do Us Part – 5 Actions To Take Now

There has been a lot of talk about Brexit, but how do businesses and higher education leaders expect Brexit to impact on them, and what steps are they taking to prepare? Jonathan Nicholls, former AHUA Chair, and now Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education) at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, shares insights from their recent survey, and recommends five actions to take now.


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.


Aston University new campus. Image courtesy of Aston University.

There’s Never Been So Much Change

Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, reflects on the seeds of change that were sown in 2016, and encourages us to look ahead with renewed purpose and energy for achieving our universities’ missions in 2017.