27 posts categorised "Education"

13 December 2017

Twelve stocking fillers for Christmas

By Tina Hallett It’s been a year of political change and uncertainty, at home and abroad. Brexit has dominated the headlines and, with the recent agreement on Phase 1, some may now be peering into 2018 tentatively seeking to understand, what next? But Brexit is only one of many things...

23 November 2017

Budget 2017 - What has the Chancellor done for public services?

By Nick C Jones Nick C Jones blogs on the Autumn Budget 2017 and considers what it means for the public sector. This Budget provided an opportunity for the government to deliver a boost to the economy and living standards while setting the UK’s future course as we get ready...

08 November 2017

Unleashing the potential of cities to deliver good, inclusive growth

By Paul Terrington When the Government makes a public commitment to deliver an “economy that works for all”, we need new ways to measure the new successes it should deliver - something we have long recognised in our Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index. So what does our latest research...

16 October 2017

Driving productive and inclusive growth for young people across the UK

By Hannah Audino, George Mason & Michael Kane The UK has gradually improved NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) rates over the past decade, and further improvements could boost GDP by around £43bn in the long-run, according to the latest edition of the Young Workers Index. But would the...

22 September 2017

Smart cities… powered by skills

By Michael Kane and Cat McCusker With two-thirds of the world’s population set to inhabit cities by 2045, the anticipated number of ‘smart cities’ could reach approximately 100 by 2025. The key focus of smart cities is on service transformation through digital technologies to drive improved outcomes for resident citizens...

16 August 2017

From operational to transformational: the changing role of HR in higher education

By Juliet Stuttard and Vicky Campbell How can HR play a more central role in shaping the direction of higher education? This was the topic of our workshop at the 2017 UHR conference. And while there was clearly appetite from delegates to shift HR to being more strategic, there was...

15 August 2017

Back to school: How Brighton is upskilling its youth population

By Vince Goode and Nick Jones Since the Good Growth for Cities series began, Brighton has achieved strong performance on improving young people’s skills. In this blog, we look at the policies implemented that target both local young people and the more transient student population. Brighton achieved a top third...

29 June 2017

How can universities make the most of international opportunities?

By Marie Green Internationalisation is a hot topic on the agenda of many universities. With increasing revenues coming from overseas students, the need to offer diverse programmes run by top academic talent and the highly competitive nature of obtaining research funding, more universities have employees working internationally than ever before....

06 April 2017

What will the ‘rise of the robots’ mean for public sector jobs?

By Tina Hallett and John Hawksworth The potential for job losses due to advances in technology is not a new phenomenon. Many will recall from school days learning about the Luddites in the first Industrial Revolution. But while many advances in the past have replaced muscle power, the new wave...

24 March 2017

Decision time for schools

Spending on schools has been making headlines, highlighting the challenges times schools are going through. Against this backdrop, our blog outlines the major decisions that school leaders are facing.

17 March 2017

Skilling up the regions: Unlocking the UK’s productivity potential

By Michael Kane In his Spring 2017 Budget, the Chancellor rightly recognised that if the UK is to improve productivity and achieve growth, focusing on delivering the right skills for the economy, the improvement of people and the growth of businesses will be essential. However, to truly unlock the UK’s...

30 January 2017

The next phase for social mobility: what role can the education and skills system play?

By Ian Looker, National Education Leader The EU referendum shone a spotlight on the sense of disconnect felt by large numbers of people in the UK: a disconnect from society, from the economy and from opportunity. With Theresa May focusing on delivering an “economy for all”, how can we address...

03 August 2016

Where next for Higher Education talent in a Brexit world?

By Marie Green As the fog of uncertainty starts to lift in the initial aftermath of the vote to leave the EU, the higher education sector (like many others) is now starting to consider the detail around what Brexit could mean. One of the questions regularly being asked by HEIs...

18 July 2016

Brexit & HE: will there still be access to finance at an affordable price?

By Daniel Earle This is part of a series of blogs that consider the implications of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK higher education sector. Universities have been borrowing at unprecedented levels over the last two years with HEFCE data showing a c. £1bn increase in...

12 July 2016

Brexit and the implications for Higher Education

By Nadia Idries This is part one of a series of blogs that will consider what the implications of the vote to leave the European Union will have on the UK higher education sector. The referendum result on 23 June 2016 has marked a turning point in the UK’s political...

11 July 2016

Universities Human Resource Conference – The changing face of work

By Gemma Buxton I was delighted to have attended the 2016 Universities Human Resource (UHR) conference in Brighton in May. Despite a rather wet and windy promenade it was great to reconnect with so many universities and learn more about their strategic HR objectives. The theme for this year’s conference...

14 April 2016

EU and the challenge for universities

By Tina Hallett and Ian Looker As part of a series of blogs, Ian Looker and Tina Hallett consider how Brexit might impact on higher education. Higher education is becoming ever more internationalised. As such, anything that hinders connections internationally is something to be concerned about. So what would the...

26 February 2016

The global university – the risks and challenges faced by HEIs with an international agenda

By Ian Looker and Ian Roberts The global HE market has become more competitive in the last few years with the development of overseas education providers, changing trends in delivery models, and other political and economic factors. Institutions are focussing on international more than we’ve seen in the past, for...

15 February 2016

66% of UK CEOs agree skills and infrastructure priority for government

By Tina Hallett It’s fascinating to see in this week’s launch of our ‘Government and global CEO’ report that 66% of UK CEOs agree skills and infrastructure are a priority for government. But at a time of change and uncertainty globally, how can government and business work together to deliver...

01 December 2015

Spending Review 2015 – what it means for our universities

By Ian Looker For many in our universities the reaction to the Spending Review last Wednesday, will be one of relief. Cuts in BIS funding of between 25% and 40% were being widely discussed, so an overall reduction of 17% in the departments funding is better than feared. However, there...

20 October 2015

The 2018 digital university - staying relevant in the digital age

By Cat McCusker and Dan Babington The very nature of Higher Education, how it is delivered and the role of universities in society and the economy is changing, and will continue to change significantly in the next decade. Universities are competing globally for students, academics and funding, and only those...

14 April 2015

Skilled for the future. Simplifying the UK skills system

By Michael Kane The skills system in the UK has been the subject of significant change over the last 10 years, with new funding agencies and policies, new qualifications and a greater focus on employers’ needs. However, the UK is still facing a shortage of skills - a fifth of...

24 February 2015

The 2018 University: managing complexity and integrating for the future

By Phelim O'Kane and Caitroina McCusker In our blog ‘’The 2018 University – how ready is higher education to embrace the future’ we considered the challenges facing today’s universities, highlighting that too many conflicting systems mean data is difficult to access and doesn’t provide the insight needed. In this blog,...

02 December 2014

The 2018 university – how ready is higher education to embrace the future?

By Caitroina McCusker and Richard Baskerville At the heart of each university lie the core aims of excellence in teaching, learning and research. But with the higher education environment changing dramatically, and with students nowadays expecting far more in return for their time and investment than in previous decades, the...

28 November 2014

Funding effective careers guidance – is another ‘lost generation’ a price worth paying?

By Sara Caplan We all have an image in our heads of what career guidance has meant to us as individuals. I have yet to find anyone who found it instrumental in their career choice as a child. I remember being told I was ideally suited to being a Patent...

18 March 2014

Tomorrow’s Budget – aim higher?

By Sara Caplan Tomorrow’s Budget – aim higher? The re-emergence of apprenticeships as a force in education, training and employment, and Higher Apprenticeships in particular, is significant. Higher Apprenticeships have driven more business adoption of apprenticeships joining up previous silos of skills, employment, business and students. Universities are still a...

10 March 2014

National Apprenticeships Week – What a week!

By Sara Caplan This year, more than I’ve ever known, National Apprenticeships Week has been full of high profile, exciting events for both me and the firm……It’s been a packed week! Monday: Work experience was top of the agenda today, with a day of planning and preparation to begin our...