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Markets and Managers, Budgets and Books: Higher Education in England in 2015 12 March 2015 Dr John Hogan Registrar Newcastle University

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1 Markets and Managers, Budgets and Books: Higher Education in England in March 2015 Dr John Hogan Registrar Newcastle University

2 From elite to mass higher education 19605% Age Participation Index (API) 1963Robbins Report % API 1992 Conversion of the polytechnics % API 1997Dearing Report 1998 £1,000 fee % API 2006 £3,000 fee % API 2011 Students at the Heart of the System 2012 £9,000 fee

3 Some Numbers: UK HE 2012/13 2.3m students (1.9m in England) 186,000 academic staff Income £29.1 billion Expenditure £27.9 billion Universities contributed £73 billion to the UK economy in 2011–12 (2.8% of GDP) Higher education contributes more than £10 billion a year in overseas earnings

4 Some Numbers: UK HE 2012/13 (cont’d…..) The UK is the 2 nd most popular destination in the world for both international students, behind only the USA The UK research base is highly productive and has a global reputation for excellence: with less than 1% of the world’s population and just 4% of the world’s researchers, the UK earns 12% of international citations and 16% of the most cited - we are now first in the world on quality.

5 Higher Education Market in England Government intended to create a market economy in HE Less central planning, expand student choice Competition will drive up quality and drive down price More private providers HE regarded as a private benefit HE remains free at the point of access Pay back once you earn The Main Idea: The paymaster will change, from the state to the student



8 Undergraduate Students Numbers of part-time undergraduate entrants almost halved between and and have not recovered 2014 has seen a very mixed picture on intake with 17,000 additional students, but with 30 universities still recruiting 15%+ below their 2011 levels Average continuation rate for young full- time first degree entrants of 94.3% for the UK as a whole Student satisfaction has continued to increase, reaching a new high of 86% in 2014


10 Number of Institutions CountryUniversitiesHE Institutions England89132 Scotland1419 Wales10 Northern Ireland24 UNITED KINGDOM There are 674 privately funded HE providers*. * Source: BIS research paper 111, June 2013

11 Managers in HE In sector 2012/13 o 50,146 FTE Managers (32,716 in 2003/04 35% increase) o During same period academic staff have increased by 22.1% Making 15.6% of the total FTE HE workforce


13 Newcastle University Income 2013/14

14 Books Enduring significance of the academic monograph for research Enduring significance of the text book as core student reading (though under pressure from digital and digitised materials, as well as online course delivery, MOOCS, etc)

15 Budgets The total Library expenditure at Newcastle for 2013/14 was £10.2m of which £4.7m was on materials In Newcastle’s expenditure on ebooks (£444,000) was greater than expenditure on print books (£414,000) But there is a counter tendency caused by VAT on ebooks Increasing proportion of Library budgets are taken up by journal big deals. In , only 17% of Newcastle’s Library’s expenditure on information resources was on print and electronic books, the rest on journals and databases. Importance of value for money in spending decisions and buying patterns

16 Budgets (Cont’d…) Libraries buying fewer books, but under pressure from students’ expectations, and looking for ways to make good buying decisions Large scale “collection building” is no longer viable, and probably no longer acceptable in Value for Money terms Newcastle University Library has deliberately moved away from buying books “just in case” towards purchasing “just in time” in response to specific demand Books in Time service for student requests. Around 30% of Newcastle’s budget allocation for books is now allocated to student requests. We see this increasing to 50%.

17 A Good Academic Culture is Key Clear and commonly owned strategic direction where learning and teaching is valued Recruiting the best people Developing talent Dealing with poor performance Reward and recognition of excellent performance o Promotion criteria, Teaching Awards Encouraging development and innovation o Small grant schemes o Mechanisms to share and grow successful initiatives Facilitating sharing of practice and ideas o Networks and events o Case studies Questions?

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