QS World subject ranking – UK universities

New QS world rankings by subject The Guardian has a summary of UK universities' performance in the latest QS subject rankings and it looks like Oxford comes out top Institution name Highest rank Subject University of Oxford 1 Geography History Philosophy University of Cambridge 1 English Language and Literature London Business School 3 Accountancy and … Continue reading QS World subject ranking – UK universities

Blots on the information landscape

Exciting new report on redesigning the higher education data and information landscape A previous post commented on regulatory issues and the work being undertaken on the "information landscape". A report on part of this work, the imaginatively entitled "Project B" has recently been agreed by the Interim Regulatory Partnership Group. The report sets out a … Continue reading Blots on the information landscape

Offshoring opportunities – a real alternative?

Minister proposes overseas campuses as alternative to international student recruitment Times Higher Education reports that David Willetts seems to be pushing overseas campus expansion - with private finance support - to compensate for reduced international student recruitment resulting from government immigration policies. The idea features, not for the first time, in a speech on international … Continue reading Offshoring opportunities – a real alternative?

The Imperfect University: Governance challenges at the University of Virginia

University of Virginia: considerable turbulance at the top A rather topical post for the latest in the Imperfect University series. There have been some extraordinary goings on at the University of Virginia. To the surprise of just about everyone the University's Board of Visitors (its governing body) decided two weeks ago to remove the President, … Continue reading The Imperfect University: Governance challenges at the University of Virginia

True Crime on Campus §21: the naked truth

More true crime on campus Strange things can happen on campus. Some of them involving people who seem reluctant to keep their clothes on. Fortunately, our indefatigable Security staff are more than capable of responding to all kinds of events: 23:05 Security attended a report of a male in Portland Building, carrying a rucksack and … Continue reading True Crime on Campus §21: the naked truth

Making money from MOOCs

There aren't any MOOC business models which stack up. Yet An earlier Imperfect University post on MOOCs questioned their ultimate impact on traditional university provision. Inside Higher Ed carries an interesting piece on possible business models for MOOC providers which notes that with over 1.5 million people having registered for MOOCs through Coursera, Udacity and … Continue reading Making money from MOOCs

How small can a university be?

Size isn't everything but does it matter for a university? I picked up an interesting blog post from Andy Westwood, CEO of GuildHE, in which he argues that the reduction in the required number of students for the award of university title is a good decision by government and will deliver another "level playing field" … Continue reading How small can a university be?

The Times: 2013 University League Table

2013 University Rankings published by The Times The new Times league table is out and has been published here. There is though very little to get excited about in the Top 20 with hardly any movement and only one new entry (Glasgow) and one drop out (Sheffield). University of Nottingham drops four places to where … Continue reading The Times: 2013 University League Table

A suggestion for Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrison’s, Tesco…

Sainsbury's Local - an opportunity for rebranding Sainsbury's recently opened a Sainsbury's Local store on Derby Road in the Lenton area of Nottingham at the heart of one of the most popular student districts in the city. It seems to be doing extremely good business and whenever I visit (it's rather handy sometimes on the … Continue reading A suggestion for Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrison’s, Tesco…

Is this the future for UK university sport?

Some US universities spend a LOT on sport A recent Bloomberg report on US universities expenditure on sport highlights the huge amounts spent by Rutgers, which tops the list of spending: Like most of Rutgers University’s almost 30,000 undergraduates, Matt Cordeiro has never put on shoulder pads and played football on a Saturday before a … Continue reading Is this the future for UK university sport?

The Imperfect University: the story so far

Because universities are difficult, but worth it I've managed six posts to date in the Imperfect University series to date. Covering leadership, regulation, governance in Scotland, not so revolutionary online provision and more regulation I hope I've managed to offer something a bit more substantial here. Anyway, I'd be grateful for any feedback on the … Continue reading The Imperfect University: the story so far

Exciting new league table: 30 under six!

The 30 Universities making their names count Following the outstanding success of the '100 under 50' ranking in the Times Higher Education (a ranking which acknowledged that some universities didn't enjoy all the advantages that hanging around for a couple of centuries or more bestowed in terms of league table performance) it seemed that it … Continue reading Exciting new league table: 30 under six!