The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short, write Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, and universities need to make the case for an ‘Intelligent Brexit’ that […]
The ‘Prevent’ strategy is now an important part of UK governement counter-terrorism strategy. But, asks Robert Hindle, does this place undue pressure on teachers in our schools, and encourage bias and prejudice against minority communities?
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch pronounces that ‘a jury is only as sound as the men that make it up’. Despite evidence to […]
It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades
The government has challenged the Higher Education sector to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and to raise by 20 per cent the number of undergraduates from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. A report by the Social Market Foundation casts doubt on the achievability of these 2020 goals: we’re on track to do neither. Steve Jones outlines the important […]
Looking at universities across 78 countries, Anna Valero and John Van Reenen find that doubling the number of universities in a region increases that region’s income. So if the UK were to add one university to each region, national income would increase by about 0.7 per cent.
In 1900, only 1 in 100 young people in the world were enrolled […]
All schools will become academies, announced George Osborne in his 2016 Budget speech. But the impact of such mass rollout on students’ performance is uncertain, explain Andrew Eyles and Stephen Machin.
The Conservative government’s budget has announced plans to turn all state schools in England into academies. This continues a trend, which began in the early 2000s under the Labour […]
Governing public services in England and Wales: a move from the stakeholder model could further the democratic deficit
A great deal of attention is given to roles of both Chief Executives and members of the Senior Management Team in many organisations, yet the work of the governing board is frequently neglected. Comparing England and Wales, Jacqueline Baxter and Catherine Farrell argue that we’re witnessing a shift away from the predominantly stakeholder model of board membership, which could potentially further the ‘democratic deficit’ in […]
Gypsies have rarely been served well by policy-makers in the UK. Here, Martin Myers outlines a glaring catch-22 embedded in planning policy for Traveller sites. The legislation and the discourse it uses work to reiterate fifteenth century legislation that requires Gypsies to comply or be cast out from society as non-citizens.
Published in August, policy from the Department for Communities and Local Government defines Gypsy and Traveller […]