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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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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.

    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
    OfS investigations, uni leadership, skills

    OfS investigations, uni leadership, skills

    This week on the podcast OfS has launched eight investigations into suspected poor quality courses. What happens next? Plus VCs seem to be lasting longer than before, and there’s a raft of new reports out on skills.




    With Ant Bagshaw, Partnerships Director at OES, Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive at MillionPlus, Sunday Blake, Associate Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe.

    • 40 min
    Wokery, LEO, grade inflation

    Wokery, LEO, grade inflation

    This week on the podcast the press and politicians have been attacking the Race Equality Charter - how should universities respond? Plus there’s some interesting new LEO data out on the industries in which graduates are working, and OfS has published new figures on grade inflation.




    With Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services at the University of Greenwich, Clare Adams, Head of Education Strategy at Handshake, David Kernohan, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe.

    • 44 min
    REF results, Queen’s speech, Access all areas

    REF results, Queen’s speech, Access all areas

    This week on the podcast the results of the Research Excellence Framework have been published - what do they mean and how should the exercise change?




    Plus a higher education bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech, and we reflect on our Access All Areas event where we discussed the big issues with OfS’ John Blake.




    With Carl Lygo, Vice Chancellor of Arden University, Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe and presented by Mark Leach, Editor in Chief at Wonkhe.

    • 47 min

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