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Why MOOCs will fail – they’re not dating sites

One of my Phd students is studying how parents make decisions about education for their children (you can participate in his survey here). We economists treat this as a problem of investment under uncertainty…
No platform policies are morphing into bans that threaten free speech. Chris Radburn/PA Archive

New ranking exposes curbs on university freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is at the heart of academic life and a university should be a place where every issue is discussed and debated. Not so, according to the findings presented in the first ever Freedom of…
Why is the UK so attractive to Chinese students? Asian students via Vitchanan Photography/Shutterstock

Hard Evidence: is immigration policy discouraging foreign students?

As debates continue over the number of foreign students in the UK, there have been accusations from business leaders that the government’s policy of including students in the net migration target has been…
Part-time student enrolments have massively fallen across the UK. unonottingham

Enrolments slide further for ‘forgotten’ part-time undergraduates

We were told that the 2012 changes to England’s student funding system would boost the number of part-time students at university. But new data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency confirm…
In third place, Oxford University is the top UK institution in the World University Rankings 2014-15. Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

What do world university rankings actually mean?

From the “best beaches” to the “best slice of pizza” to the best hospital to have cardiac surgery in, we are inundated with a seemingly never-ending series of reports ranking everything that can be ranked…

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