In March 2017 the Trade Union Act was passed into law. This Act marks a significant shift in the legal framework of industrial relations nationally. The Act puts in place a double hurdle requirement for industrial action, meaning that at least 50% turnout of eligible voters must be achieved, in addition to a majority vote among those who took part. How might the new legislation affect industrial action in universities? What challenges does this legislation present to management as well as union leaders?
As of January 2018, The Office for Students (OfS) will be the new regulator for the Higher Education sector in England. As such it will be accountable to the Secretary of State for its governance and management of public funding. The establishment of OfS and UKRI are major changes in the landscape of higher education in England.
While the government’s preference for academy and grammar schools has been widely reported, there has been relatively little discussion in the mainstream press of the ways in which this is part of a social mobility agenda that will also affect universities in a key area – their fees income.
It is common practice for Higher Education Institutions to use the services of Executive Search Firms (ESF) when seeking to fulfil vacancies for senior roles. However, little is known about the interaction of these companies with their HE clients and to what extent ESF can help them to achieve greater diversity in these roles. An exploratory study commissioned by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has tried to address this gap and some of the key findings from this research are reported in this post.
SearchHigher Director Mark Holleran was delighted to be invited to speak at the first HE Recruitment 2017 conference on the 28th March and it was a huge success – here are some of the key things that we took away from the speaker sessions.
Universities now look to interact across the private, public and non-profit sectors, working to build sustainable, reciprocal and widely beneficial partnerships in industry, technology, government, public policy, intelligence, NGOs, and many others. What are the implications of this turn outwards from the point of view of structure and governance?
With the rising importance of research as the measurement of a department’s capability and the criteria that create an environment in which research counts heavily towards the allocation of external funding, it is easy to see how teaching has sometimes been regarded in a separate category. In his latest post, Dr. Mark J. Crowley argues why the reality is that research and teaching are mutually exclusive.