Facing the future – an academic writes…

We are told that a key influence on the current headlong rush for downsizing is the so called demographic dip and the consequential shrinkage in the market in which we operate.   Of course any dip is likely followed by a surge – something that we know is only a few years away.
Readers may be interested in the Research Professional article exploring the implications for institutions in the HE sector, and containing among other things the following observation:
    “Universities that reduce capacity and retreat into themselves may find it
harder to rebuild their reputations and could end up being categorised as
struggling operations. What they need to be doing instead is building up,
and talking up, their capacity and plans for the coming surge.”

This is a perspective the union can buy into. We encourage the author to push this view in person at our own Executive Board.


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