The Augar Review Student Finance and the Marketisation of English Higher Education

Monday 24th June 2019, 4-7pm, Peak Lecture Theatre, Owen Building (pre and post event refreshments to be served in Hallam View. Tea & Coffee served from 3.50pm, Drinks Reception & Nibbles from 6pm) .

Symposium featuring Professor Sir  Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Colin McCaig (Sheffield Institute of Education) , Helen Thorne MBE (Director of External Relations, UCAS) & Nick Hillman (Director, HEPI).

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You are invited to a Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies Symposium on the future of the English HE market to be held on 24th June 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University. The main foci of the event will be Colin McCaig’s recent book The marketisation of English Higher Education: a policy analysis of a risk-based system” with Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of SHU, as the main discussant. Then the discussion will widen out to explore the wider student financing and HE funding context formed by the Augar Review, which is expected to report to the Prime Minister in the summer/autumn of 2019, and the upcoming Spending Review. Colin’s book analyses five stages of marketisation over the last 30 years and the discussion will explore common themes and trajectories, as well as contingences in policy development, before focussing on the potential impacts of current HERA (2017) market regime. Nick Hillman and Helen Thorne will be invited to contribute to the discussion of Colin’s book and their expectations of the HE market post-Augar.

Speakers biographies:

Professor Colin McCaig is based in the Centre for Development and Research in Education (CDARE) within the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE) and is a Director of SIPS. Colin has published widely on the impact of marketisation on access to higher education and the ways that discourses of ‘widening participation’ and ‘fair access’ have been used by institutions to establish differentiation in the neoliberal HE marketplace.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands has led Sheffield Hallam University since early 2016. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15). In 2018, Sir Chris was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

Nick Hillman is Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and is a former Special Adviser (SPAD) to Universities and Sciences Minister David Willets MP and as instrumental in the design of aspects of the current market regime including the Student Number Controls policy as part of the ‘Student at the heart of the system’ White Paper (BIS 2011). As Director of HEPI Nick published widely on higher education issues and runs the annual Student Academic Experience Survey which continues to be influential in policy circles. For more details see

Helen Thorne MBE is Director of External Relations at UCAS. Helen is responsible for the development of UCAS’ strategy and market opportunities, government relations, press and PR, communications, marketing, student information and advice, and UCAS events. Helen joined UCAS from the Russell Group of Universities where she was the Head of Policy (Research), with responsibilities covering the student experience, postgraduate provision, and research funding.

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SIPS Workshop: Sheffield Teachers’ Readiness for Statutory RSE and Relationships Education

Wednesday 10th July 2019, 4.15pm – 7pm

HC 0.29 Heart of the Campus, Collegiate Campus

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Join this Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies Workshop event showcasing current work being undertaken by students and academics on the MRes Social Policy degree programme.

MRes students Chloe Froggatt, Tracey Holland & Becca White are leading the research into Sheffield Teachers’ Readiness for Statutory RSE and Relationships Education and are supervised by Professor Julia Hirst and Dr Cinnamon Bennett.

All those working with young people or with an interest in the field are warmly invited to attend.

The event will run from 4.15pm to 6pm followed by a drinks reception in The Granary Hospitality Area.

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