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Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.

The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast Mark Leach

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    • 4.3, 57 Ratings

Every week the Wonkhe team and guests from across higher education dissect the week's big policy developments, and we also feature interviews, features and views from around the sector.

    Clearing and admissions special

    Clearing and admissions special

    The podcast is back off its hols for a week with a clearing and admissions special. We wrap up the news from the controversial Scottish Highers results, look ahead to the rest of the UK’s results, and consider how students are making decisions in the context of Covid-19.

    There’s also discussion on admissions reform, and where widening access fits into the picture.

    With Clare Marchant, CEO at UCAS; Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor; and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief. 

    This week’s special episode is produced in association with UCAS. 

    • 39 min
    Expectations, Donelan, restructuring

    Expectations, Donelan, restructuring

    In our end of term podcast (https://wonkhe.com/blogs/wonkhe-show-s06e16/) , we dive into Wonkhe/Pearson research on student expectations around September and consider how universities should respond. Wales has a new tertiary education bill, Michelle Donelan has been at the Commons Education Committee, there are some reforms to higher technical education and DK has all the highlights (and correlations) we need from NSSmas day.

    After the main recording, news of DfE’s restructuring regime and OfS’ market exit plans dropped - so Jim and DK discuss those too.

    With Frances Corner, Warden at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alex Favier, Director of Global and Political Affairs at the University of Nottingham, and Wonkhe’s Associate Editor David Kernohan.

    • 52 min
    Recovery, international, applications, 50% target

    Recovery, international, applications, 50% target

    This week on the podcast we discuss the economy, the Government’s recovery plan and why some are claiming that bashing universities is “the new Brexit”.

    There’s also a road map out for making the UK the world’s most attractive global destination for international students, some new UCAS figures to give us a bit of hope and there's a quick listen to Gavin Williamson's speech on skills.

    Hosted by Wonkhe CEO Mark Leach, and with guests Jess Strenk, Policy & Public Affairs Manager at Middlesex University, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK and Wonkhe’s Editor Debbie McVitty.

    • 43 min
    Bailout 2, social mobility, expectations

    Bailout 2, social mobility, expectations

    This week on the podcast we discuss the Government’s package of support for research and ask who it’s for and whether it will work. There’s also a speech from Michelle Donelan on social mobility and low value courses to digest, and HEPI polling on lockdown learning and student expectations for September.

    With Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester and Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi).

    • 33 min
    Graduate Outcomes, fees in Australia, PhD students

    Graduate Outcomes, fees in Australia, PhD students

    This week on the podcast we discuss results from the Graduate Outcomes survey, and evaluate reforms to tuition fees in Australia. We also look at HEPI's new report on PhD students and the realities of their experience.

    With Ellen Wilson, VP higher education services at Pearson; Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI; and Debbie McVitty Editor of Wonkhe.

    • 42 min
    Reassurance, international, admissions, Rhodes will fall

    Reassurance, international, admissions, Rhodes will fall

    This week on the podcast we evaluate universities' efforts to reassure students about the experience they will have from September.

    We also discuss Jo Johnson's proposals on international students, a new report recommending changes to admissions and Michelle Donelan's interview with HEPI.

    With Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy at the University of London and Ben Ward, Union Director and CEO at the University of Manchester SU.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Eric T Yorkie ,

Massive improvement

The production of this series is significantly better than the first. Sharp, snappy and an essential listen for anyone involved in higher education.

ftopson ,

Good content..poor production

This is an interesting and informative podcast however the production really lets it down. Volume levels are all over the shop and the background music is usually way too loud leaving it unpleasant to listen to. Hopefully this can be sorted!

ConsultantQueen ,

Accessible and informative

Great concise overview of the week.
Fun tone, great host.
More please!

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