Hot competition  So you earned your qualification, now what? It is no longer enough to have a degree to guarantee a job. While the expansion of higher education is positive it does mean more competition for graduates in the job market. With the cost of a degree rising, students are rightly expecting a return on […]

Creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication. In an age where factual knowledge is available at the click of a button, these are the skills that will be most valuable to our children and to society. Holistic learning A more holistic approach to education has the power to improve these skills. Rather than churning through times tables […]

The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses suggests a lot of choice in online learning providers, but are the resources available truly accessible for all regardless of ability, when some platforms may be primarily founded on only one kind of experience, digital, or pedagogical? Quality of learning is more important than choice  Back in the […]

“Did you check the website?” – never a welcome question. In an increasingly digital world, this should be an exciting time for universities to lead the way with innovative solutions to improve student and staff experience. Static websites overloaded with poorly laid out information are not that solution. So what can technology do for education? […]

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More contact hours and smaller teaching groups Surveys show undergraduates have two main priorities to improve their experience at university: more contact hours and smaller sized teaching groups. Simple enough. Given the considerable weight the National Student Survey has on spurring universities into action, we may reasonably wonder why student voices are not being heard […]

Going beyond Government policy and TEF rankings and adapting to student needs using a level of market sophistication will help HE institutions achieve their objectives. When I think of the current debate around the marketisation of HE, the theme of meeting student needs could help square the circle between public good and markets. Students have […]

It was never a dilemma a decade ago. Apprentices were supposed to be hired to learn on the job and graduates to be hired ready to start work, meaning that there was a preference to hire graduates over apprentices. But during my research on the talent gap, I have come across new evidence that suggests that […]

To develop an effective student attraction strategy, universities need to truly understand their current and future students, focusing on their needs, attitudes and behaviours as well as their hopes for the future. When universities are increasingly competing for employability rankings, this is now more important than ever. Student segmentations allow universities to do this in […]

Student choice is at the heart of Higher Education Reform. But offering better choices to students also means avoiding a one-size fits all education and designing relevant approaches that can be tailored to the different needs, attitudes and expectations of today’s students. This report offers in-depth insight into students’ lives and personalities and offers recommendations […]

Higher Education Reform is challenging universities and educational institutions to develop a student-centric approach to education. But while many universities are increasing their research efforts to gain insight into their students, they often do this using traditional quantitative research approaches that only apply to a non-existent total. This infographic lets universities discover and visualise six […]