January Policy News Update

There have been a number of announcements in higher education policy over the last week.  The interim conclusion to the Post-18 education and funding (Augar) review was published, forestalling many decisions and freezing student tuition fees for now. The further education white paper (Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth) was published. And the government’s response to the Independent (Pearce) Review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) was published, making clear that the government will no longer pursue a subject-level TEF.  (For our response to the original TEF review, see: https://www.bam.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/policy/engagement.html.)

There are also a couple of interesting opportunities for engagement that we wanted to alert you to.  The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) POST has identified 20 COVID-19 Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) for UK Parliament, and is inviting experts to add their research relating to these ARIs to a repository that may be used to inform Parliament's work in future. We encourage you to sign up POST’s repository here.  Also, if you are interested in applying to UKRI’s pilot program for an early career researcher forum, please go here.

Numerous government consultations and parliamentary inquiries that have also been announced in recent weeks, which may be of interest to our members.  A small selection of these are listed below. For a complete list of all ongoing inquiries, please look here.