A look ahead to the week for UK higher education plus all that's new on Wonkhe        

The higher education week ahead

NUS has been discussing whether to employ this approach, which is similar to that it took with Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) cuts two years ago, over the last month. The process has the potential to delay the decision, as happened with DSAs, the consultation for which only closed recently. But the government has no legal obligation to do an equality assessment of its policies any more, after the Coalition axed the requirement in 2012. The union, which has been divided on some recent issues, most notably the TEF, told us that they are "taking a united hard line" on grants.

Odds and sods elsewhere

Full Fact ask 'Are there record numbers of young people going to university?'

The rest of the week's agenda

Monday 28th September
EVENT: Labour Party Conference 2015, Brighton (until Wednesday)
EVENT: ARMA Developing Systems and Processes workshop, London
EVENT: HEFCE HEIFES15 beginners/refresher seminar, London
REPORT: OFFA Annual guidance due in Autumn

At Labour Party Conference
12.30 NUS/Million+ Where Next for Labour's Higher Education Policy?

12.30 Demos/University of Bristol: Higher Expectations: Who Cares About Teaching In HE?

Tuesday 29th September
EVENT: ARMA Developing Research Strategy workshop, Leeds
EVENT: Inside Government Preventing and Detecting Radicalisation in Education, London
EVENT: Inside Government Women in STEM conference, London

At Labour Party Conference
2.15pm Jeremy Corbyn's speech

Wednesday 30th September
EVENT: Inside Government Embracing Digital Further Education forum, London

Thursday 1st October
EVENT: QSN Annual Conference 2015 Quality Management: Future Directions, Birmingham (until Friday)
EVENT: AoC Y&H HE in FE Network, Yorkshire
EVENT: ARMA Defining an Open Access Service webinar
EVENT: ARMA Enhancing and Improving Research Impact workshop, London
EVENT: LFHE Research Team Leadership program, Birmingham
EVENT: LFHE Student and Staff as Governor conference, Edinburgh
REPORT: THE World University Rankings
REPORT: HEFCE consultation on future of NSS and Unistats

Friday 2nd October
EVENT: SRHE Academic identity in the digital university workshop, London
EVENT: LFHE Policy into Practice: The Leadership Challenge conference, Manchester
EVENT: Green Party Conference 2015, Bournemouth (until Monday)

Sunday 4th October

EVENT: Conservative Party Conference 2015, Manchester (until Wednesday)

Let me know what we missed or what else you'd like to see in the Monday morning briefing. Have a great week. 


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