Moved. To a new home


Updated news about this blog

Following the news that Registrarism is coming home to Wonkhe it’s now time for the big move. It’s not often that this blog appears in the news but together with WonkHE it really is. Almost. Anyway, You can now find all previous and future Registrarism posts on WonkHE by following this link:

Registrarism on WonkHE

New posts should start appearing there soon but in the meantime here’s a reminder of the full story about the move:

A new home

A new home (but this is the old logo…)




The internationally respected higher education blog Registrarism by Dr Paul Greatrix Registrar at The University of Nottingham, is joining forces with Wonkhe. Registrarism, a finalist in the 2013 CIPR Education Journalism Awards, is a widely-read blog that provides the sector with a unique and popular view from a senior administrator on the front-line of higher education management and leadership. Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Director said “I am delighted that two of the great sites in higher education are joining forces. Registrarism is coming home to the Wonkhe family where it rightly belongs, and where we’ll be able to give it the prominence, sustainability and deep reader engagement that it deserves. Our new partnership also opens up exciting opportunities for joint work that I’m confident the Wonkhe community will love.

”Paul Greatrix said “Registrarism has been a labour of love for many years. I’m excited about the future as things can only get bigger and brighter as part of the Wonkhe community.”

I should stress that no-one has ever described this blog as being “internationally respected” before so I’m certainly not going to complain about that.

And just to say that the response to the announcement (on social media rather than your actual broadsheets admittedly) has been great – thank you.

Looking forward to a very bright future with WonkHE!

Searching for another dumb ranking

A rather self-referential ranking this time – a league table of searches

Please do excuse the self-indulgence. Top 20 searches on Registrarism over the past 12 months. Am slightly disturbed that birds, spiders and bagpipes figure quite so prominently. Probably the most pointless ranking around. Or maybe not.

Search Views
latin america 3,432
university league tables 3,251
plagiarism 2,797
magnifying glass 2,736
sunday times university guide 2012 2,411
university league tables 2011 1,776
university league tables 2012 1,675
pigeon 1,346
tarantula 1,274
america 821
tarantula spider 756
sunday times university league tables 2012 712
bagpipes 674
high impact universities 660
registrarism 630
globe 555
times university ranking 2012 537
the sunday times university guide 2012 507
times league table 2011 495
university of surrey 487

Apologies again for the froth. It is Friday. The good news is that a new, rather more serious, thread starts next week. More to follow.

Election 2010: Why the environment is an electoral non-issue

Why the environment is an electoral non-issue

Excellent and (obviously) timely new blog from the University of Nottingham School of Politics and International Relations. An extract from a typical post:

Ask people if they think the environment is an important issue, and they will tell you that it certainly is. A ‘great deal’ or ‘fair amount’ of concern about global warming is reported by 67% of the British public respondents in the UK, and 84% of car drivers are ‘very’, or ‘fairly’, concerned about the effect of transport on climate change (indeed drivers show a higher level of concern for the effect of transport on climate change than non-drivers). But ask people if they are willing to pay for environmental improvements and that support tends to disappear. Whilst 84% of those car drivers were concerned, only 18% were willing to pay higher taxes on their car for the sake of the environment.

Interesting stuff. Election 2010 offers well-informed and pithy comment on key issues in the run up to the election and will be well worth coming back to.

Debating the Future of Higher Education

via The Debate on the Future of Higher Education

In a speech at the end of February, John Denham announced his intention to develop a framework for Higher Education over the next ten to fifteen years. He said:

The world is evolving very quickly and we must be able to unlock British talent and support economic growth through innovation as never before. We need to decide what a world-class HE system of the future should look like, what it should seek to achieve, and establish the current barriers to its development. As I have said previously, I want to do this before we initiate the review of undergraduate fees next year.

As part of this process I am inviting a number of individuals and organisations to make contributions. Not to write government policy but to help inform it and – equally important – to stimulate debate and discussion in the sector.

These contributions have been delivered to the Secretary of State and are now available.

Interestingly there is also a blog on the future of higher education intended to facilitate discussion on each of the themes. It is early days yet (very few comments at time of writing) but a commendable approach from DIUS to engage the community.

The contributions can be found here.

    Outsourcing Student Services

    Interesting and slightly scary blog post in the Chronicle on the opportunities for outsourcing student services in US higher education. As one person interviewed puts it: “It’s almost taking the people out of it”.

    Some of the wonderful products on offer include:

    • Rave Wireless lets students set cellphone timers that alert campus police if they do not arrive at their destinations. “We call it putting a blue-light telephone in everyone’s pocket,” said Robert Jones, Rave’s director of marketing.
    • University Parent produces printed guides, Web sites, and electronic newsletters for college parents.
    • Lifetopia tells colleges it will help them “put people in their place” — with a Web site where students can create profiles and select their own roommates.
    • CourseScheduler offers software to help students choose classes at hours they can handle. Otherwise “they’re just going to slap something together” — at the risk of burning out if their schedules are unmanageable, said Michael Smyers, a recent graduate of Kansas State University who founded the company.

    And this is the best:

    • With Snoozester, students can request wakeup and reminder calls, such as to start studying for a test a week in advance. This product particularly frustrated some administrators. “People have just stormed away,” said Neville Mehra, the company’s chief executive. But most absences from class, he said, are a result of oversleeping.

    Just what we’ve all been waiting for.