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#THElive session on “reputation”: right from the start some of the circular arguments around the notion of reputation are being uncritically pursued. Reputation drives rankings, ranking drive reputation. Brand drives rep, rep drives brand. Etc...
We’ve also heard (I’m paraphrasing) that reputation doesn’t necessarily reflect quality and quality doesn’t necessarily reflect reputation.

Are these kinds of statement not evidence that reputation is a fairly vacuous concept?
Reputation seems to be basically the same as brand and, like brand, it’s superficial and irrelevant unless it's authentic.

And if authenticity is key, surely the aim is to chase quality not reputation?
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Donelan's speech at #THELive this am proclaimed a "revolution" in DfE's approach to #HEaccess.
It certainly will mean radical changes, many of which won't achieve her stated aims (nor even the aims she should have).
Yes, it's a thread of concerns in no particular order.
1. Access & Participation Plans all need to rewritten.

Outgoing DFAP @Millward_Ch had sensibly extended the time-frame of APPs to enable longer term strategies, because impact often takes time when it comes to access.
To demand that unis produce new APPs just 2 years into those 5-year strategies is like sowing carrot seeds and digging them up a month later and wondering why your soup doesn't taste much of carrot.
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#THELIVE kicking off with @michelledonelan announcing “historic” reforms of #HEaccess. They are indeed big, but those of us who work in the field will have deep and well founded concerns.
Donelan sets scene for reform: skills shortages, levelling up, fairness, inclusion. The slogan gets its first outing: “it’s not just about getting in, but getting on”.
Donelan is comparing #LifelongLoanEntitlement to the founding of the NHS and saying it will revolutionise attitude to upskilling and reskilling. < Looking forward to the funding that will make this possible. Also to reskill people must be allowed to step down quals as well as up.
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