The future of HE

University Business Editor Rebecca Paddick reflects on the last 12 months in UK higher education

As the December edition of University Business hits the desks and screens of our readers, it seems apt to reflect on the past year in HE. Our review of 2015 highlights some of the biggest changes that caused shockwaves throughout the sector, and it also looks ahead at what 2016 might bring, on page 16. 

Also in this issue we examine the long-awaited government green paper on teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. Earlier this month Universities Minister Jo Johnson unveiled a string of changes, which will undoubtedly create quite the shake-up of the current UK higher education system. Read our round-up of the report, and hear some industry reaction on page 5.

‘Earlier this month universities Minister Jo Johnson unveiled a string of changes, which will undoubtedly create quite the shake-up of the current UK higher education system’

As I write, I am still basking in the glory of UB’s first ever awards ceremony. The Young Leaders Awards took place on the 4th November at the Sheraton, Park Lane Hotel, London. The event aims to recognise the young, unsung heroes working tirelessly across the UK HE sector. It was an honour to be among such inspiring, hardworking individuals who I am confident will help create a stronger future for our sector. Read our full review of the YLAs on page 12. 

It’s certainly been eventful year in HE. Tell us what you thought of the last 12 months, and how you think the sector will evolve over the months ahead. Email at the Editor: rebecca.paddick@wildfirecomms.co.uk

Read the latest issue of University Business, the December edition, here.