The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast

44 EpisodesProduced by Mark Leach

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.

44 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Non disclosures, access, pro-life, a levels

April 18th, 2019

40:11

On the last podcast before our Easter break, we discuss the rise of non-disclosure agreements for university staff, the state of the Office for Students’ access and participation data, the refusal of affiliation for an …

Kirsty Williams

April 17th, 2019

23:50

In this special bonus edition of the podcast, Wonkhe's editor Debbie McVitty sits down with Wales' Education Secretary Kirsty Williams to discuss …

Tories, NUS, stalking, rent guarantors

April 11th, 2019

42:39

A centre-right think tank has a new report out on generational differences. We also discuss NUS' conference, data on stalking and a fascinating rent guarantor scheme aimed at care leavers.

With Nick Hillman, Director …

Financial forecasts, cybersecurity, apps

April 4th, 2019

35:52

OfS has finally published its assessment of English providers' finances - and the forecasts look shaky. Our guests discuss the implications, along with a new report on cybersecurity, and another on the value of …

Grade inflation, loneliness, mergers, Peterson

March 28th, 2019

36:08

Is grade inflation the problem that Damian Hinds claims it is? This week on the podcast we discuss DfE’s “intervention” on the issue, as well as research on student loneliness and the issue of institutional mergers and …

International, cheating, skills, demography

March 21st, 2019

38:38

The government has published a new international education strategy - but is it enough given the competition? On the podcast this week we discuss the issues, as well as taking a look at Damian Hinds’ intervention on …

Data, housing, funding and cheating

March 14th, 2019

43:17

On the podcast this week we discuss the impact of recent political developments on higher education, data futures, and new research on student …

Uni bailouts, subsidies and teaching excellence

March 7th, 2019

42:25

What is the real cost to the taxpayer of funding higher education? This week on the podcast we look at report trying to answer that question, as well as students’ views on bailouts for universities, student mental …

Strike complaints, access, harassment

February 28th, 2019

36:50

On the show this week we discuss student complaints about last year's strike action and compensation. The Office for Students has new guidance out on access and participation plans, and there's new data on sexual …

Labour, decolonisation, housing

February 21st, 2019

39:54

This week on the podcast we discuss Labour's emerging policy on higher education. There's also a look at curriculum decolonisation campaigns getting …

VC pay, civic, staff on TEF

February 15th, 2019

37:31

This week on the podcast the Office for Students has released data on senior pay, and there’s a major report on the civic role of universities. The …

Minister, research access, Warwick, donations

February 8th, 2019

40:03

On the podcast this week we discuss HE minister Chris Skidmore's recent speech and comments that give us clues about what will happen next with fees and funding. We also chat access to research, the fall out from the …

UCAS, apprenticeships, youthquake

February 1st, 2019

42:33

On the podcast this week there's lots of data to crunch - it's the end of UCAS' 17/18 admissions cycle and there's data on acceptances and offer making. There's also a report out on degree apprenticeships, new research …

Spending, Greening, and Extremism

January 24th, 2019

35:47

On the podcast this week our guests discuss the coming comprehensive spending review and revelations about fees and funding plans from former Education Secretary Justine Greening. There's also a new report out on …

Augar, PQA, student debt

January 18th, 2019

37:07

On the podcast this week our guests discuss the latest Augar leaks, Post Qualification Admissions, and debate whether wealthy students are avoiding student debt. Plus more from Mike Ratcliffe's series on the Hidden …

Grammar schools, silly season and a look ahead

January 11th, 2019

39:53

This week our guests look back at the Christmas silly season and ahead to 2019, as well as discussing Onward's report on low value courses, and …

13: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 13

December 21st, 2018

45:01

It's our Christmas Clip Show Student Snowflake Special! There's been a lot of activity on the freedom of speech agenda this term, and in this festive compilation wonks from across the sector analyse the issues.

With …

12: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 12

December 13th, 2018

33:27

The Office for Students has published results of its Access & Participation consultation, and there’s a fresh batch of UCAS data for the panel to …

11: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 11

December 6th, 2018

36:00

Sam Gyimah has gone, replaced by Chris Skidmore as universities and science minister. The panel also discuss new figures out on student rent, an inquiry into racial harassment in HE and a new campaign from Universities …

10: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 10

November 29th, 2018

34:18

This week our panel discuss the the latest stats from UCAS on the impact of offer making on exam attainment, a new report on women in HE leadership, and an interesting new idea on funding HE. Plus new stats on graduate …

9: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 9

November 23rd, 2018

40:04

This week our panel discuss the Public Accounts Committee’s view on the sale of student loans, the latest report from HEPI on making clear how fees and spent, and Government proposals for accelerated degrees. Plus …

8: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 8

November 16th, 2018

41:57

This week on the podcast our panel discuss ongoing concern about the state of the sector's finances, the impact of Brexit on HE, and new research into what the public think about higher education. Plus student rights on …

Michael Barber live at Wonkfest18

November 10th, 2018

1:04:00

The full recording of Michael Barber live at Wonkfest18. Accompanying slides can be found here:

7: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 7

November 6th, 2018

35:46

This week in a specially recorded live episode from Wonkfest18, our panel discuss leaks from the Augar review, the OfS' view on uni bailouts and minister Sam Gyimah's student information apps.

With Anne-Marie Canning- …

Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18

November 6th, 2018

45:35

The full recording of Sam Gyimah in conversation - live at Wonkfest18.

6: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 6

October 25th, 2018

37:32

This week our panel discuss the latest from the Office for Students on subject level TEF, a new commons select committee report sexual harassment, academic governance, and new research from the IFS on graduate earnings …

5: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 5

October 18th, 2018

34:33

This week our panel discuss the latest stats on the destinations of school leavers, colleges week, and how we describe people that aren’t academics. …

4: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 4

October 11th, 2018

33:20

This week our panel discuss Worcester's freedom of information win, mental health and the DfE data row.

With Nick Hillman - Director of the Higher …

3: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 3

October 4th, 2018

40:47

This week our panel discuss the conservative party conference, degree apprenticeships and stats on human capital. Plus the "banning clapping" saga and highlights from the week on our blogs.

With Greg Walker Chief Exec …

2: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 2

September 27th, 2018

27:47

This week our panel discuss the 1752 Group’s latest report on sexual misconduct, learning gain, and labour party conference. Plus the latest research into student drinking habits and highlights from the week on our …

1: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Episode 1

September 20th, 2018

34:41

This week our panel discuss Which? University's findings on university comparative claims, the latest UCAS figures, and the Wonkhe HE Power List. Plus Sam Gyimah's latest intervention on freedom of speech and highlights …

1: Wonkhe Weekly- The higher education podcast - Preview

September 12th, 2018

0:54

Wonkhe's weekly podcast returns on Friday 21st September - and you won't want to miss it. Every week a panel of top wonks will dissect the week's big …

12: The University Show - Episode 12 - Review of the year

August 19th, 2018

43:56

In this final episode of the season, our panel reviews academic year 17-18. Featuring Nicky Old, Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Mark …

11: The University Show - Episode 11 - Ask the Wonk

July 6th, 2018

42:59

This episode of the University show is our Ask the Wonk special. Our panel featuring, Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation and Ant Bagshaw, …

10: The University Show - Episode 10 - Teaching excellence and salary outcomes

June 12th, 2018

33:20

In this episode we talk about student outcomes, graduate salaries and measures of teaching. 

We have a discussion featuring Colette Fletcher, …

9: The University Show - Episode 9 - The Civic University

May 24th, 2018

43:07

In this episode we talk about the civic role of universities and what part they have to play in their local areas and communities.

We have a …

8: The University Show - Episode 8 - UKRI and the new research landscape

May 11th, 2018

43:31

In this episode we talk about the latest developments in research policy including the establishment of UK Research and Innovation - the new research …

7: The University Show - Episode 7 - Nicola Dandridge in conversation

April 22nd, 2018

48:29

Wonkhe founder and CEO Mark Leach interviews Nicola Dandridge, CEO of the Office for Students, about the new regulator. Recorded at Wonkhe's recent …

6: The University Show - Episode 6 - The Wonk Panel

April 8th, 2018

32:47

Wonkhe’s Catherine Boyd talks to Joy Elliott-Bowman about her career in HE policy and Ant Bagshaw interviews EY Parthenon’s Matt Robb about the Wonk …

5: The University Show - Episode 5 - The Enemy Within (12th March 2018)

March 11th, 2018

38:54

In a special episode of The University Show, Wonkhe's editor Mark Leach sets out what went wrong with the narrative about universities and students (and what we can do about it).

4: The University Show Episode Four - Regulation (4th March 2018)

March 4th, 2018

40:31

It's regulation, regulation and more regulation in episode 4 of The University Show, following the Office for Students publishing its new regulatory …

3: The University Show - Episode Three (28th February 2018)

February 28th, 2018

42:30

In the third episode of our podcast, The University Show, we talk about mental health in higher education as part of University Mental Health day, which is on 1st March. Louis Coiffait, Rachel Piper, Chris Shelley and …

2: The University Show - Episode Two (15th February 2018)

February 16th, 2018

40:31

In the second episode of our podcast, The University Show, we look at the big HE funding review. Mark Leach, Anne-Marie Canning, Richard Brabner and …

1: The University Show - Episode One (6 February 2018)

February 8th, 2018

50:24

It's the first episode of our brand new podcast - The University Show. Mark Leach, Richard Brabner and Eric Stoller talk free speech at universities, …

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