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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

    • Education
    • 4.3 • 62 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.

    Politics, UCAS, cost of living, cheating

    Politics, UCAS, cost of living, cheating

    This week on the podcast we have a new minister at the Department for Education - but will she be around for long enough to make a difference? 




    Plus there’s new applications data from UCAS, a coming cost of living crisis for students, a new report on academic governance and evidence suggesting a growing cheating problem in online exams - can anything be done to stop it?




    With Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Aashish Khadia, Director of Planning at University of Leicester, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief, Mark Leach.

    • 39 min
    Politics, NSS, grade inflation, access

    Politics, NSS, grade inflation, access

    This week on the podcast we attempt to keep up with the drama at No.10. What does it all mean for higher education? Plus this year’s NSS results are out, the sector tries to get a grip on grade inflation and there’s a new report out on Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.




    With Alistair Jarvis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance) at the University of London, Anne-Marie Canning, CEO at the Brilliant Club, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

    • 45 min
    Equality charters, free speech, staff and tech, Labour and fees

    Equality charters, free speech, staff and tech, Labour and fees

    This week on the podcast there’s a ministerial intervention over equality charters in the name of free speech. How should universities respond?




    Plus there’s new research on staff views of technology, and big questions over Labour’s policy on fees and funding as speculation mounts about a snap election.




    With Martha Horler, Head of Registry Services & Business Intelligence at Futureworks, Johnny Rich, CEO at the Engineering Professors' Council, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe.

    • 45 min
    Graduate wellbeing, student housing, free speech

    Graduate wellbeing, student housing, free speech

    This week on the podcast graduate anxiety is on the rise and feelings of dissatisfaction and low worth are becoming more prevalent. What’s going on?




    Plus major changes to the student rental housing market are coming, and there’s new polling out on students and free speech.




    With Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy at HEPI, David Kernohan, Acting Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe.

    • 43 min
    Public accounts committee, belonging, student financial support, free speech

    Public accounts committee, belonging, student financial support, free speech

    This week on the podcast MPs are struggling to pin universities’ problems on the right body - where does responsibility lie when things go wrong? There’s also the next phase of our research on belonging with Pearson, a fall (in England) to dramatic new lows for student financial support, and the free speech bill clears the commons.




    Plus we listen in as George Freeman and Ottoline Leyser appear at the Commons Science and Technology Committee, and hot off the press there’s some new graduates outcomes figures out from HESA.



    With Ben Elger, Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Selena Bolingbroke, Director of Sighthound Consultancy, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe.

    • 37 min
    Student experience, free speech, microcredentials

    Student experience, free speech, microcredentials

    This week on the podcast the 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey is out - has the student experience bounced back post-pandemic? Plus we discover that free speech is alive and well on UK campuses, we think big about microcredentials and there’s some interesting new data out on innovation and outreach.




    With Marian Hilditch, academic registrar at the University of Bradford, Amatey Doku, consultant with Moorhouse, David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Itisnotpossible ,

All policy areas should be wonkified

It is so easy to keep up with what’s going on in HE with this across-the-board, unbiased, insightful reporting.

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!

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