There’s a lot of material both on the main Wonkhe site and on our subsite for SUs.
If you’re searching for a subject, the first and best place to look is probably Wonkhe’s general search function via the search button at the top right hand corner of the site. You can also always email us if you want to know if we have something on an issue, or want to know where you might be able to find something either from us or another organisation.
There are a number of collections of articles, blogs and briefings which are collected by tag. You can find tags to the left hand side of most articles on the site – but some of the most popular ones are:
The Post-18 “Augar” review
Higher education in Wales
Higher education in Scotland
The Teaching Excellence Framework
Fees and funding
Race and ethnicity
Access and widening participation
The regulation of higher education
We also have archives of:
The Wonkhe show podcast archive
And some box sets of our audio series on the “Hidden History” of higher education.
And for students’ unions:
An archive of Wonkhe SUs blogs written by and about our SU sector
An archive of our Friday morning email briefings for SUs
Blogs on the future of SUs
An archive of our webinars for SUs
Learning from the Wonkhe SUs study tour
An archive of the findings from collective SU research projects
Research on value of SUs
Do students’ unions make a difference?
Opportunity Blocked: how student opportunities and SUs relate to student life, belonging and outcomes.
Opportunity blocked summary blogs:
How lonely are students?
Commuters and London
The value of SUs
Student confidence and outcomes
SUs Briefings archive
Every week we publish new briefings for SUs on issues of concern to students and SUs. We update this listing every month or so – for the latest briefings go here.
Covid-19 and “reopening”
Advance HE “socially distanced campus” project
Next academic year and the “structure of learning”
Inducting, socialising and engaging students in the “new normal”
Places and spaces on a socially distant campus
Student inclusion and reopening
What does Quality mean in the age of coronavirus?
Covid – student views and concerns
Now students are concerned about access to staff and facilities
How should universities be supporting international arrivals?
How do the rules on socialising and gatherings affect student groups?
Students are worried about local lockdowns
Applicants are worried about grades and what uni life will be like
Amending mental health services in light of the pandemic
Should we worry about students and money this September?
Where will students get their work done?
Young people in the time of Covid-19: a fear and hope study of 16-24 year olds
Are students getting the “absolute clarity” they were promised?
Twenty six challenges to universities over disabled students and Covid-19
What will social distancing look like for students in the autumn?
What do students say about uni efforts to minimise the spread of Covid-19?
What do students say if you ask for their ideas on September and social distancing?
Changes to courses and the issue of “consent”
Student views on Covid-19 and implications for SUs
Ten important findings about young people and education from ONS research into the impact of Covid-19
Students are keen to come back – with caveats
What are universities planning and are students still coming?
Bolton or Cambridge? Announcements on lifting lockdown tested
Will students defer or switch if September is socially distant?
How is Covid-19 impacting disabled students?
Is the penny starting to drop for students re September?
What sort of impact is the pandemic having on PGRs?
What should universities be doing for PGR students during the pandemic?
Would students be happy if next term was online?
How many students are already locked into accommodation contracts next year?
What impact is Covid-19 having on students (and what do they think of their university’s handling of it)
How confident is the Covid cohort when it comes to finding a job?
It looks like international students are desperate to defer
What are prospective students saying about universities and student support?
Digging into research on student views on Covid-19 handling
Covid-19 mitigations and deaf students
Wider Covid-19 policy issues
The restructuring regime and SUs
Are “student compacts” an answer to some of the September student questions?
Students, spring break, science and September
Are students worried about their uni going bankrupt?
There’s a briefing out on mental health and Covid-19
How to reopen universities in September
NHS Test and Trace and the major questions for students
The practicalities of a socially distant campus
What can we do about the graduate unemployment crisis that’s coming?
What bespoke support should be in place for disadvantaged students during the crisis?
It’s a small world – how contagious are university campuses?
Preparing to discuss your university’s finances
Holding meetings during the Covid-19 lockdown
As everything moves online, do you know your data rights?
What you need to know about the furloughed workers scheme
How should SUs manage risk in the current climate?Changes being made to teaching and assessment have to last beyond the lockdown
Guidance for universities on Covid-19
OIA has new guidance out on how it will approach Covid complaints
Students need detail about September – but is that possible?
DfE has published guidance on reopening universities in the autumn
QAA has guidance out on courses and assessment next year
UUK has published some principles and considerations on emerging from lockdown
QAA has published briefings on years abroad and placements
What are FE colleges being told about opening – and why might it matter for HE?
There is new guidance on student (and staff) mental health and wellbeing
QAA has guidance out on placements, years abroad and apprenticeships
QAA has guidance out on practice and lab-based assessment
QAA has guidance out on academic standards and supporting student achievement
OfS publishes guidance on teaching, assessment, student support and consumer rights during Covid-19
Key points from QAA’s guidance on Covid-19 and the student learning experience
Student rights and Covid-19: OIA on complaints during the pandemic
Coronavirus and protecting students’ interests
What are universities being advised about coronavirus and what are the implications for SUs?
Complaints, compensation and Covid-19
How policy works
What are the four classic policy goals?
(Hear the drummer) get wicked problems
An A-Z of higher education data for student officers and staff that support them
Teaching and learning
Is this the secret to improving feedback for students?
Student retention and feeling part of a community
Can the curriculum improve student happiness?
Student enterprise and entrepreneurship
Weighing up types of teaching in the student interest
Can we (and should we) measure how much students learn?
What is “socio-educational well-being” and do university classrooms affect it?
Learning through successful feedback
What do students want from assessment feedback?
Does lecture capture mean fewer students are turning up (and so what if it does?)
Do learning analytics help us spot students in trouble?
Could moderation make marking fairer and mean more consistent feedback?
What the research says about lecture capture
What do students want from library refurbs?
Timetabling, soft skills and student support: does the new “football uni” have the answers?
Can we “nudge” students towards better grades?
How are degrees calculated – and why does it matter?
A code for quality
How many students cheat – and what approaches work?
Why should I care about QAA and HESA?
What’s all the fuss about grade inflation?
Should we manage, meet, or transform student expectations?
A quick guide to qualitative data
A look at personal tutoring policies
University management, strategy and governance
It looks like casualisation is a student interest issue
What are universities doing about climate change?
How to respond to OfS’ review of admissions (and why SUs should bother)
UUK has been polling people on what they think about admissions
The fast way to understand debates about post-Brexit immigration and universities
Half of universities have made “divestment” commitments. Has yours?
Higher education, students, and a sense of place
Make me an offer – how students get recruited to universities and why it matters to SUs
Are universities a sinister cult, and can you have a “neutral” education?
It’s all coming up – ten things we think will happen next term
What (and where) on earth is TNE?
Data for the terrified- where to find facts, figures and numbers about unis
An overview of the regulatory framework for England
Where are we at on student period poverty?
What is a healthy university – and why does it matter?
Do students look at the feedback they get?
Augar is here: what do SUs need to know?
How much should my VC get paid (and should students have a say?)
Are university league tables broken?
A beginner’s guide to HESA data
Freedom of speech
Student views (and student types) on campus free speech
Should there be new law to protect debate on campus?
A legal view on “no platform” policies
Legal issues for SUs (with Wrigleys)
Workplace equality for SUs in the time of coronavirus
Knowing your DSARs from your elbow: Data subject access requests
The Job Retention Scheme (JRS) bonus scheme
Policy Exchange proposals on SUs and freedom of speech
Does Ukraine offer lessons for UK students’ union development?
Do SUs help students pick up the skills that employers need?
Lessons for SU trustees from the Save the Children harassment investigation
What are the development needs of sabbs?
Sports teams and homophobia – still a problem?
How representative are SU officers?
SUs as charities and external advertising
What’s the secret to keeping SU staff?
What is deliberative democracy and why should SUs think about it?
What can SUs learn from Essex Uni’s antisemitism review?
Six things to bear in mind about NSS Q26
The way holiday pay is calculated is changing and it will affect students
What would an “assertive” partnership with a university look like?
Why can’t SUs campaign on whatever they like?
Need to know – the law on students’ unions
Changes to employment law
Ethnicity, the postgraduate experience and what to do about it
Should there be standards in PGR supervision?
What is it like being a PGR/PhD student in the UK?
Improving the relationship between PGR students and their supervisors
A whole bunch of extraordinary facts about postgraduate study in the UK
What about postgrads that teach?
What about postgrad student mental health?
The headlines from the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
The headlines you need from the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019
Why postgraduate taught students are about to move up SUs’ priority list
PGR students and their supervisors
The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018
Charity Commission: Serious incident reporting
Charity Commission- serious incident reporting
Understanding and responding to the independent review of the TEF
Is this a turning point in the campus culture wars?
What makes a powerful SU officer, team or organisation?
New freedom of speech guidance – implications for SUs
Students and employment
What on earth is “graduate outcomes” data and why should SUs care?
Students need jobs – but what sort?
Are graduates hitting the world of work underprepared?
Students want jobs and Advance HE has a framework for that
It’s name is LEO
Misconduct and protecting students from harm
Online harassment – is reputation more important than safeguarding?
Creating conversations about sexual consent on campus
What are “romantic advances” and why might they harm students?
Staff sexual misconduct – improving students’ rights
Ten things to note in UCL’s new policy on staff student relationships
BUCS is intervening on “problem initiations”
Here’s what universities are doing about online abuse of students
What should SUs interrogate when it comes to student data?
HEPI/Youthsight research on student cybersecurity
Making staff sexual misconduct more visible
How much progress has your uni made on “changing the culture”?
Universities UK guidance on initiations at UK universities
UUK on tackling online harassment
How to respond to the Government consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Nine big issues for reviews of harassment procedures
How to use the evaluation of OfS projects on student safeguarding locally
So your uni’s reviewing disciplinary procedures
Student disciplinary procedures in focus
What is Title IX and what have US universities learned?
Changing the culture – the UUK taskforce report
Some new findings on students and belonging
What role should academics play when it comes to student mental health?
How important are friends at university to student mental health?
Student retention and feeling part of a community
Can the curriculum improve student happiness?
The Draft Building Safety Bill 2020
Has Covid-19 impacted student (and parent) financial confidence?
Have students and graduates lost access to the workplace?
Ten things worth knowing about private student halls in the UK
The essential findings in this year’s Student Academic Experience Survey
A major digital divide is opening up between students
Can social networks be used as an educational resource?
Why are we so negative about students “dropping out”?
Does sleep affect academic performance?
It’s a myth! Made up things about students and universities FINALLY REVEALED
How can uni and SUs bridge the gap between school/college and uni?
Are students turning to private debt to pay rent?
What about the voices of part time students
“Inappropriate influence” and the NSS
What are the benefits to “mixing people up” in halls?
How do people get on when they study more than one subject at uni?
Want better grades? Get more sleep
The type of student accommodation you live in affects your grades
Closing the gap between student expectations and reality
Are housemates the key to student wellbeing?
Ten takeaways from Advance HE’s students statistical report 2019
Students and tech – Jisc’s digital insights survey
The new realists: the 2019 HEPI/Unite Students insight report
Drinking and peer pressure
What do we know about student living costs?
Are student homes fit for habitation?
Do bursaries work?
What has Plato got to do with student rights and expectations?
Students are more skint than ever before
What can London tell us about commuter students?
What can London tell us about retaining students?
The 2019 Student Academic Experience Survey on: welfare disclosure
The 2019 Student Academic Experience Survey on: value for money
The 2019 Student Academic Experience Survey on: learning and teaching
How to read (and use) the HEPI survey results
The hits and misses from the 2019 Student Academic Experience survey
Mandatory affordability strategies
Will Hinds beat the cheats?
What happens to students if there’s “no deal”?
Supporting students and student mental health and wellbeing
What difference do “personal tutors” make – and how?
Does “mindfulness” training help with exams?
Almost half of students have had “a serious psychological issue”
Wellbeing and burnout: is it worse for medical students?
How to tackle student loneliness before term starts
Guess what: there’s a link between the academic experience and mental health
The essential guide to the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter (Part 2)
The essential guide to the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter (Part 1)
Are some subjects worse than others for student mental health?
How to embed mental health in the curriculum
How to close the student mental health attainment gap
Norman Lamb has stats on uni mental health services
Where should we start on student mental health?
What role do teaching and academic staff play in mental health strategies?
Co-producing mental health strategies with students
Inclusion, liberation and equality
Decolonising in UK universities
What it’s like being a muslim student in the UK (and what students think about Islam)
Racism on campus and social norming
What happens when you ask students themselves about “inclusion”?
OfS has uncovered more gaps in getting in and getting on
You think Oxbridge, you think privilege
Mental health among transgender students
Students these days are so “super complex”
How can students feel safe and not safe all at the same time?
How to improve diversity on campus
Guess what. There’s a religion and belief attainment gap too
Why are LGBT+ students dropping out of uni?
Revealed: The big differences in student satisfaction between types of student
Revealed: what different types of students think of SUs
Are parts of HE turning a blind eye to racism?
This is why men do better when they appeal
How to make a difference for disabled students
Straight white men and diversity projects
Racial harassment at UK universities – summarising the report
Racism on campus – the role of SUs
Understanding the BME attainment gap
Are unis doing enough for disabled students?
Disabled students and living up to the “hype”
Ten takeaways from Trendence research on LGBT+ students
How co-creation can support underrepresented students and equitable practices
How to run research projects on gender-based violence
Decolonising the curriculum means decolonising the library too
Why are my lecturers so white?
Closing the gap: the UUK/NUS attainment report
Is it possible to “liberate the curriculum”?
Ensuring discrimination, harassment and non-reporting policies work for all students
Student representation and voice
Does your university need a student consultation framework?
Lip service and bottlenecks – what is it like being a student representative?
Student-staff co-creation in higher education
Responding to student voice: insights into international practice
Unbiased, reliable, and valid student evaluations can still be unfair
Ten ways to improve institution-level student representation
Partnerships that support student led projects
How to respond to OfS’ consultation on student consultation
Where does student voice go?
Student rights and protections
How to respond to OIA’s consultation on a new chapter of its Good Practice Framework
Is it time to review your university’s student protection plan?
Ten things to note from OIA’s annual report
What do students think about the so-called “value for money” agenda?
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 and Industrial Action
How are SUs handling term two of strike action?
How much profit does your university make out of students?
How to respond to the OfS consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct
How to respond to OIA’s extenuating circumstances consultation
How to tell students where their tuition fees go
Fitness to practise – case studies from OIA
Understanding “fitness to practise”
Should students who owe their university money be able to graduate?
Fitness to practice and unsual academic regs
Essential welfare intervention or surveillance state?
Attendance monitoring at university
Hidden course costs and consumer law
Ten things to remember about temporary changes to immigration rules for international students
Do we need an international students integration index?
How can we promote international integration on campus?
Do international students think Britain is drunk?
Strikes and industrial action
Industrial action latest statements
Thorny issues to think through in the run up to industrial action
Student rights and industrial action
Implications for SUs of summaries of strike complaints
Compensation and industrial action
Access and participation
So did universities build student engagement into access and participation plans?
Access and participation to… postgrad study?
Plums on the tree – what’s going on with social mobility?
What helps first in the family students to succeed?
Helping under-represented students navigate academic culture
Revealed: how to stop WP students from dropping out
What do published access and participation strategies say about SU and student involvement?
What’s the Sutton Trust saying about prospective students?
Contextual admissions – a quick explainer
What’s all the fuss about unconditional offers?
General election 2019
The Wonkhe SUs 2019 general election student policy guide
There’s a new “ranking” out on voter registration
Update from the Cabinet Office on electoral registration and NI numbers
SUs, elections and charity law: nothing to worry about
The electoral commission has clarified some things for charities
Getting students registered to vote is an urgent priority
General election 2019 manifesto watch: Plaid Cymru
General election 2019 manifesto watch: The Conservative Party
General election 2019 manifesto watch: The Brexit Party
General election 2019 manifesto watch: The Labour Party
General election 2019 manifesto watch: The Liberal Democrats
General election 2019 manifesto watch: The Green Party