23 posts categorised "Education"

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...

24 March 2016

Building an effective and efficient Academy system in England

By Chris Kirk, Jude Simpson, Imogen Baker, Ben Sheppard and Neil Loveday The budget announcement and DFE White Paper makes it clear that every school will be an Academy by 2022. What steps can school leaders and policy makers take to be part of an Academy based system which is...

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...

27 November 2015

The continued rise of Multi Academy Trusts

By Chris J Kirk The Spending Review has confirmed what has long been trailed – that school budgets will be protected in real terms, showing the importance that the public and politicians attach to education. In addition, it is now possible for Sixth Form Colleges to become Academies, and join...

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...

27 May 2015

The Superhead is dead: Long live the Transformational Leader

By Chris Kirk Eric McNulty's fascinating review of new research into the link between charismatic CEO's and company performance has interesting resonance in education systems. As Eric argues, in the business world the link between charisma and performance had already been firmly challenged by the 2002 book, Searching for a...

20 May 2015

The coherence principle: How England’s school system can develop and grow

By Chris Kirk Follow @chrisjameskirk Nicky Morgan’s announcement that ‘coasting’ schools will be put on notice to improve, and then face conversion to an Academy, has met with the expected howls of pain from the left and cries of acclaim from the right. What will really matter in the end...

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...