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Regulators, strikes and defined benefits

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How will higher education remember 2018? There is never a dull year for our universities, but the past 12 months have arguably been more challenging than usual.

A quick shout out around the HE newsroom to ask what the big stories of 2018 were brings no shortage of suggestions, but two stories kept us particularly busy: the emergence of the Office for Students as the new regulator for higher education, and the ongoing row over pensions.

By the way, if you are looking for our political review of 2018, you’ll find it here. It covers the higher education ministerial appointments, along with journalist Toby Young’s ill-fated and short-lived stint on the OfS board. That saga, however, was far from the OfS’s only newsworthy contribution to 2018, so why else did the new regulator make headlines?

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