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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

Safe Spaces for the Snowflake Generation or for Genuine Freedom of Speech?

In her latest blog post, Alison Jones, University Secretary at the University of Bradford, asks whether safe spaces on university campuses just offer protection for the “snowflake generation” of students, or are they part of the answer to an inclusive approach to freedom of speech.


Image: XJTLU campus 2013 by Goyah licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Embedding QA in an International Startup – 5 Lessons from XJTLU

Sylvia Franke worked for three years as Director, Centre for Academic Affairs, at XJTLU (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) in Suzhou, China. This was during the early days of this UK-Sino joint venture, during which many QA lessons were learnt. More recently, Sylvia worked in the Student Lifecycle Support Programme at the University of Bristol.


UWE Graduates

VCs’ Salaries – Go Compare and Justify

John Rushforth, Executive Secretary of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), gives his personal views on the debate around Vice-Chancellors’ pay and benefits and discusses the justification of salaries of HE senior leaders. What follows does not represent any of the views or policies of the CUC.


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.


Time Please! On the Tenure of Registrars

Inspired by the latest research by HEPI on the tenure of Vice-Chancellors, Dr Paul Greatrix of The University of Nottingham, conducts his own study into the tenure of his own role of Registrar. With 53 participants from the sector, he uncovers the results of the average tenure and those who have been in office for over ten years, discussing what it means for the future of the role.


Kim Frost, University Secretary and Director of Human Resources, University of London

Meet Our Members: Kim Frost, University of London

Kim Frost is University Secretary at the University of London, and rather uniquely, he is also Director of Human Resources. Here he talks about the joys and challenges of his shared responsibilities and the variety of his role.


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.