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The latest higher education developments featuring TEF chairman Chris Husbands, former chancellor George Osborne and footballer Gary Neville.

Universities must be much more proactive in their approach to mental health and start supporting students from the moment they accept an offer of a place, according to a report published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute. Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, and Alan Martin, Buckingham’s dean of psychology, argue in The Positive University that the upheaval of the transition to university has a huge effect on students’ mental health. We cover the report in HE, and also have a package of articles covering mental health issues in universities. The Telegraph quotes Seldon saying that universities “turn a blind eye to excessive drinking” and calling for alternative activities to social events dominated by heavy drinking and drug-taking.

HE also has an interview with Chris Husbands, chairman of the Teaching Excellence Framework, in which he explains to Martin McQuillan why he thinks the TEF is not perfect but is defensible, why universities will still take part in it even if it is no longer linked to tuition fee levels, and why, as an education researcher, he does not think universities should sponsor individual schools. 

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