Simon Baker (@higherbaker )

Simon Baker

Bio Data editor for Times Higher Education. Any opinions are my own, any witty comments definitely wont be.
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Twitter Web App : New: many universities are going to report 'exceptionally large' deficits in their accounts. Newcastle has reported a £44m deficit, Salford £29m. It's because of 'one-off accounting charges' from a USS recovery plan - figures expected to rebound next year…

Twitter Web App : After the YouGov MRP poll last night, Guildford is looking like a potentially v interesting seat in terms of student impact. Lib Dems 5 points behind in what was a v safe Tory seat - and University of Surrey campus is a major part of the town.

Twitter Web App : This includes ways into university later in life, which Kevin Fong says no longer exist for people "running just to keep up" and working full time. #THELive

Twitter Web App : Universities have to properly engage with parts of society that have nothing to do with HE to heal societal divides - and not just through "chats down the pub at lunchtime", says Kevin Fong #THELive

Twitter Web App : Difficult balancing act for scientists to deal with "shades of grey" in communicating science as "people you do battle with" will jump on any uncertainty expressed by academics. See MMR scandal for example - Kevin Fong #THELive

Twitter Web App : I’ll be sharing thoughts on the values and purposes underlying data in HE at #thelive How can data support enhancing the student experience in the context of a data-led regulator? Who drives the development of metrics? Is data on salaries and satisfaction the best we can do?

Twitter Web App : I wouldn't write off MOOCs just yet, says Kevin Fong, so universities have to keep offering what it is that keeps people coming to campuses. #THELive

Twitter Web App : HE and universities need to part with idea that they are just "knowledge factories" and others then use that knowledge. "Public engagement has never been so important", Kevin Fong says. #THELive

Twitter Web App : Now much harder for people of all backgrounds to get into medical school, says Kevin Fong - thinks that we're getting it wrong and should be chance to enter later in life too.

Twitter Web App : Never in human history before has technology become obsolete so quickly, just look at old mobile phones we keep in a drawer at home - Kevin Fong #THELive

Twitter Web App : It doesn't really make sense to give Nobel prizes each time to just a few people anymore. Progress is made by teams of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people advancing knowledge, says Kevin Fong

Twitter Web App : .Kevin Fong tells #THELive he decided to be doctor while doing a physics course at UCL when he saw 2nd year medical students having nights out at the pub and thought "how hard can it be".

Twitter Web App : The stage is set. Kevin Fong about to kick off #THELive with a keynote on ‘Engagement in an age of acceleration”!

Twitter Web App : And of course if anyone still needs to register, here's the link:…