Knowledge of current issues and practices associated with post 16 and higher education

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WestYorkshireGirl Sun 21-Feb-16 07:50:46

I am thinking of applying for a role in a university that calls for :
Knowledge of current issues and practices associated with post 16 and higher education
Is anyone who works in HE able to advise? The main one I can think of is the change in fees and the fact unis have to work harder to attract students, but there must be more things. Any ideas or sources of info greatly appreciated.
Thanks

titchy Sun 21-Feb-16 09:48:42

Read the Guardian Education pages, the Times Ed and the Times Higher. There's a lot more going on than just the increase in fees, but you need to research that yourself.

senua Sun 21-Feb-16 11:15:07

I would have thought, from the pupils POV, the most important recent change is the raising of the school leaving* age.

* I know it's more complicated than that - they can do work or apprenticeships. But the idea is that they shouldn't be a NEET.

Foginthehills Sun 21-Feb-16 11:52:52

What's the role? Are you already working in a university or post-16 education?

Your outline of what you think is relevant is OK, as far as it goes, but depending on the role you were applying for, I'd see it as glib and superficial at worst. It might be that that broadbrush understanding is all you'd need, but most administrators I work with are rather more knowledgable. Or focused on supporting students and academic staff.

Foginthehills Sun 21-Feb-16 11:54:23

Sorry, pressed post too soon.

It's hard to give you advice without knowing more about the job you're applying for. THere are many many roles in a university - some are generic, some require specific skills & knowledges, some require a desire to work in a university rather than elsewhere. And so on.

WestYorkshireGirl Sun 21-Feb-16 20:31:08

Thanks for your replies. Used to work in secondary education and then with universities in teacher training, but been out of the loop for last 3 yrs. I wasn't going to to just write my initial thoughts which I agree are very very basic, but do some reading up via the TES etc. Only saw the role last night so just wanted some thoughts on it to get me started.

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