University vice-chancellor pay: still a scandal

Are governing bodies demonstrating that they are heeding calls for pay restraint in the higher education sector? Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates

For welfare, carrots are better than sticks

“No shit, Sherlock!”: making welfare benefits conditional on satisfying increasingly stringent stipulations is largely ineffective in getting people back into work, concludes a new report. Liz Emerson, IF co-founder, investigates

Vice-chancellors are still making hay

The pay of vice-chancellors in universities is currently under scrutiny. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, looks at a new report by the House of Commons Library

Rigged: How the oil and gas industry is undermining future generations

The Prime Minister has just met the boss of Toshiba to discuss a likely high strike price for producing nuclear energy for the UK. Angus Hanton, IF Co-founder, looks at another huge energy bill likely to land on our children’s shoulders, this time from North Sea oil and gas decommissioning.

Student loan book sale: an £800 million loss

Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has quietly announced the completion of the sale of the 2002–2006 student loan book. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates

Generation Brexit: What do young people want?

IF’s latest report gives a breakdown of the Millennial vote at the EU Referendum, and identifies four distinct “tribes”. Angus Hanton, IF Co-founder, explains why these voters form an important bloc that must not be ignored

A summer of higher education discontent

The shock Labour party manifesto promise to remove tuition fees, as part of a pledge to young people in the recent General Election, has led to increasing scrutiny of the higher education finance system over the summer. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates

General Election 2017: waking up to the youth vote

The Labour Party saw it, and the Conservatives missed it: one thing in the recent election that really made its mark was the youth vote. Liz Emerson, co-founder of IF, explores the early signs of a significant shift

Roll up, roll up: register to vote – deadline 13 April for voting on 4 May

If Brexit showed young non-voters anything, it was that not voting has far-reaching ramifications for their place in the European Union. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, explains why – with just two days left to register to vote – it is more important than ever that Millennials get involved in the democratic process