Over the past few decades, higher education in the United Kingdom has been transformed, expanding to a mass, bordering on universal, system. There are now almost 2.4 million HE students. In this position of relative strength we are left with two broad options: to accept the status quo, or to ask ourselves some difficult questions about what we really want HE to achieve, and what sacrifices we may have to make to get there.
The contributors to this collection reflect on different aspects of higher education policy and purpose, around the key questions of:
- What are universities for?
- Who are universities for?
- How should the sector be organised?
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.