I spent some time thinking about whether or not I should write this post because it is subjective. But…after working in HE for nearly 13 years and having had the best times of my life when I was a student, I felt that it would be strange if I didn’t have an opinion *prepares barricades*.
The prompt for this article was the level of uncertainty and turbulence that is currently surrounding UK HE. The sector has withstood the biggest changes of any university sector in the world but despite that is still delivering its purpose of changing lives for the better for hundreds of thousands of people, from the UK and world wide.
Whilst attending the CASE Europe Annual Conference last month, Alistair Jarvis (CEO, Universities UK) reminded us of the value HE brings with some truly amazing stats. These have been built on further since I highlighted some last September as well as millions of personal success stories over the years.
Therefore, I had hoped that such a transformational sector would have been better understood and respected by politicians on both sides of the fence but, personally, I’m not seeing much of this. So, to any politicians reading (or to anyone who has read this far – thanks by the way), here is my plea:
Yours in hope,
Vicky Hayhurst, UK HE Super Fan