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A round-up of external publications and media coverage referring directly to the work on this site.


Wonkhe: Wonk of the Year 2017

Authored articles, publications and other media

(Various blog posts have also been republished on the Sceptical Scot website.)

24.10.17  Wonkhe on the debate about student debt and fees in Scotland

24.9.17   More or Less BBC Radio 4  on cross border comparisons of university access in Scotland and England

July 2017      Chapter in Barrow and Hassan (2017) A Nation Changed?: The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On, Luath Press

15.6.17 Has the SNP succeeded in ‘dumping the debt’?  Wonkhe website

22.3.17  Research Fortnight (Article on Scottish universities and constitutional change)

22.3.17  The Times

22.2.17  (with James McEnaney) Critical – or complaisant – friends on education? Sceptical Scot

14.2.17  How far is Scotland from meeting its 2021 widening access targets?  Wonkhe website

4.1.17  ITV

31.12.16 The Herald

9.12.16  The Times

21.11.16 Independence and union(s): Universities, Brexit and the future of the Scottish Funding Council   Wonkhe website

30.10.16  Sunday Politics (link)

12.10.16  HEPI

On the Diamond Review

18.9.16  STV

The value of truth: When belief trumps facts we all suffer

14.9.16  Research Fortnight  (Article on issues for Welsh review of higher education)

16.6.16  Scottish and English records on access should be compared  Wonkhe website

4.5.16        Equity in student finance: Cross-UK comparisons, Special Edition: Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland, Scottish Educational Review, 48(1), 30-47.

May 2016   Elisabet Weedon, Gitit Kadar-Satat, Lucy Hunter Blackburn, Sheila RiddelAccess in Scotland, research report for the Sutton Trust

9.2.16 Sceptical Scot

4.5.16        Equity in student finance: Cross-UK comparisons, Special Edition: Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland, Scottish Educational Review, 48(1), 30-47.

1.12.15   Chapter on student funding in Higher Education in Scotland and the UK: Diverging or Converging Systems, eds S Riddell, E Weedon and S Minty, EUP

30.11.15 BBC Radio Wales – Good Morning Wales: live interview on student funding proposals by Universities Wales

24.11.15 The Daily Record

24.11.15 The Rattle

4.11.15  BBC Radio Scotland – Kay Adams Programme: live discussion of student funding and debt in Scotland

27.10.15  Borders TV – Borders  Tonight: live interview  on new Scottish Government student funding statistics

12.10.15  BBC Radio Wales – Good Morning Wales: live interview on fee proposals by Welsh Conservatives

26.9.15  Sceptical Scot

17.9.15  Conference Paper, British Educational Research Association

18.5.15 Sceptical Scot

1.5.15 Sceptical Scot

22.4.15  Political Quarterly (with Sheila Riddell, Sarah Minty and Elisabet Weedon)

13.4.15 Sceptical Scot

15.3.15 Research Fortnight

Paywall: article on research funding in Scotland

8.3.15  Sceptical.Scot

26.2.15  Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

Whose to Lose? Citizens, institutions and the ownership of higher education funding in a devolved UK

26.2.15 Good Morning Wales: live interview on HEPI report

29.12.14 The Herald

25.10.14 The Herald

6.10.14  The Herald

14.9.14 Research Fortnight

Paywall: article on the implications for Scotland of current BIS consultation on EU residence requirements and associated wider issues raised by Scottish independence.

Feb 2014  ESRC programme: Future of UK and Scotland

9.12.13 Economics of Higher Education (LSE blog, by invitation)

1.10.13 Scotsman

15.8.13   Scotsman

5.6.13  Scotsman

Other coverage

4.11.17 Spectator

3.11.17 TLS

Review of A Nation Changed

5.7.17  Buzzfeed

22.5.17  The Guardian

8.5.17 Huffington Post

4.1.17 The Times

15.12.16  THES

25.10.16 ITV Borders

16.10.16 The Herald

6.6.16  Holyrood

26.5.16  THES

3.5.16 New Statesman

5.4.16  Daily Record

19.1.16 New Statesman

15.12.15 The Guardian

14.12.15 The Scotsman

14.12.15 The New Statesman

31.10.15 The Scotsman

27.10.15 The Daily Telegraph

27.10.15 ITV News

22.10.15  Vox (US news site)

2.10.15  The Economist

20.09.15  The New Zealand Herald

19.09.15 The Telegraph

July 2015 Prospect Magazine (opening paras only: paywall).

09.06.15  Centre on Constitutional Change

22.05.15  Financial Times

19.05.15 CAPX

15.05.15 The Herald

6.05.15 CAPX

5.05.15 The Times

4.05.15  The Daily Mail

2.05.15  Financial Times

1.05.15 Newsnight Live (election blog)

1.05.15 Financial Times

1.05.15 Left Foot Forward

23.04.15  THES

19.4.15 The Telegraph….html

11.4.15 The Guardian (indirect reference)

18.3.15  The Times


3.3.15 The Guardian

2.3.15  Times Higher Education Supplement

26.2.15 Times Higher Education Supplement

2.12.14 The World Socialist Website

7.11.14 The Scotsman

28.10.14  The Guardian

27.10.14 The Herald

6.10.14 The Herald (indirect reference)

17.9.14  The Australian

29.7.14 Herald

28.7.14  Guardian

5.5.14 The Daily Record

1.5.14 Huffington Post

30.4.14  Herald

29.4.14 Guardian

17.12.13  Scotsman

19.6.13 Holyrood Magazine

6.6.13  Scotsman


26.3.15 The Scotsman

21.9.14 Scotland on Sunday

13.9.14 The Herald

9.9.14 The Guardian


Kenealy, D. (2016)  THE ECONOMY AND THE CONSTITUTION UNDER THE SNP, 2007–2016, in Scottish Affairs 25.1 (2016): 8–27

Finance Committee, Scottish Parliament Report on Draft Budget 2016-17  (29 January 2016)

State of the Nation 2015  Child Poverty and Social Mobility in Great Britain Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission 17 December 2014 ISBN Ref: ISBN 9781474125642 (p183)          

Click to access 151215-review-of-higher-education-funding-and-student-finance-arrangements-in-wales-interim-report-en.pdf


Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales: Interim Report, December 2015 (pp79-80)


Click to access 151215-review-of-higher-education-funding-and-student-finance-arrangements-in-wales-interim-report-en.pdf

State of the Nation 2014  Child Poverty and Social Mobility in Great Britain Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission 20 October 2014 ISBN 9781474111195 (p221)    


Brown, G  My Scotland, Our Britain  London: Simon and Schuster, 2014


9.9.17  Member of panel on Freedom of Information, The Ferret’s Symposium by the Sea

31.8.17  Presentation  – seminar at University of Edinburgh Higher Education, Funding and Access: Scotland and the UK in International Perspective 

1.12.15 Presentation – seminar at University of Edinburgh Widening Access to Scottish Higher Education: Getting in and Getting on

Slides here:

Youtube: [1.06 onwards]

2.9.15 Commission on Widening Access

Slides here:


1.9.17  Submission to SG student funding review

Commission on Widening Access July 2015:

Access Commission form July 2015 Annex to Access Commission evidence

Annex to Access Commission evidence

Scottish Parliament:

Smith Commission:

Submission on Student Loans to Smith Commission October 2014


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