A differentiated future
Surveys of heads of UK higher education
Each year we invite leaders of UK universities to share their views and plans on a wide range of current and future issues.
As well as a view on the long-term effects of COVID-led measures, potential changes in the market and policy environment for universities, and expectations for the sector over coming years, this year's findings highlight important differences from previous years. Vice-chancellors are building on the unexpected capacity for rapid innovation, adaptability, and agency that they discovered through the COVID-19 experience to secure a differentiated future in a fast-moving and unpredictable world.
Five key themes have emerged, pointing towards a very different HE sector in years to come:
- Mission-led strategic differentiation
Building identities in terms of social and economic engagement and local region impact
- Enterprise and autonomy
A shift in student recruitment, research, and business services income strategies
- Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic
Incorporating lessons learned into hybrid learning approaches
- A digitally-enabled experience
Facilitating more flexible and inclusive ways of working with digital investments
- A new generation of leaders
An emerging new generation of university heads, adopting different styles of leadership to their predecessors
Download the report to learn about the key themes driving a more differentiated, open, adaptive and resilient university system.