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star this property date less than 2020-01-08more like thismore than 2020-01-08
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Pay more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the remuneration of vice-chancellors of universities is at an appropriate level. more like this
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
star this property uin HL200 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>While universities are autonomous institutions and responsible for setting the pay of their staff, they receive significant amounts of public funding and are rightly subject to public scrutiny.‎</p><p> </p><p>Vice chancellor salaries must be justifiable and should not be excessive.‎ The process for setting pay must be transparent. The government agrees with the recommendation made by the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) in its senior staff remuneration code that vice chancellors should not sit on the committee that sets their pay.</p><p> </p><p>The government set up the Office for Students (OfS) to regulate the higher education sector and to ensure the sector is delivering real value for money. The OfS has said that universities should, as a minimum, be following the CUC senior staff remuneration code. Where issues with senior staff pay lead to concerns, the OfS has the power to carry out independent reviews to ensure that a provider’s governance arrangements are fit for purpose.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-16T13:14:04.54Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T13:14:04.54Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
1169626
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-08more like thismore than 2020-01-08
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Freedom of Expression more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote freedom of speech on campuses at universities. more like this
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
star this property uin HL201 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>This government will ensure that our universities are places where free speech can thrive and will strengthen academic freedoms.</p><p>The freedom to express views openly, challenge ideas and engage in robust debate is crucial to the student experience and to democracy. Individuals should never be in a position where they can be stopped from, or are made to feel inhibited in, expressing an opinion perfectly lawfully.</p><p>The government worked alongside the Equalities and Human Rights Commission which published new guidance in February 2019 on freedom of speech in higher education to support higher education providers and students’ unions in delivering their duties.</p><p>The Office for Students (OfS) also has an important role to play in championing free speech and promoting good practice. A public interest principle relating to free speech is built into the OfS regulatory framework.</p><p>The government will be looking closely at how well higher education providers are meeting these obligations and will consider whether further action is needed, working with a range of partners.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-16T14:54:56.887Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T14:54:56.887Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge remove filter
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4282
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
1169627
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-08more like thismore than 2020-01-08
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Hate Crime more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat hate crime at universities. more like this
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
star this property uin HL202 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>Any incident of hate crime is unacceptable and we cannot tolerate staff and students being victims of it at our world-leading universities.</p><p>Higher education (HE) providers have clear responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. They should discharge their responsibilities fully and have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law, and to investigate and swiftly address incidents reported to them.</p><p>In its guidance to the Office for Students (OfS), the government has tasked the OfS to tackle these important issues, including the implementation of Universities UK’s (UUK) Taskforce recommendations. The OfS and its predecessor body allocated £4.7 million for a safeguarding scheme to address harassment and hate crime in HE. On 9 January 2020, the OfS published a consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct in HE. This consultation, which concludes on 27 March 2020, asks for views on how the OfS will regulate harassment, including hate-based and sexual misconduct. The OfS expects providers to have policies, processes and systems in place to effectively address these issues.</p><p>Evaluation to date has shown that progress has been made but that there is still more to do. The government will continue to work closely with partners, including UUK and the OfS to support work to address hate crime and harassment in universities.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-16T15:55:32.467Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T15:55:32.467Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge remove filter
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4282
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
1169295
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Coventry University more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to Coventry University of having, in addition to the vice-chancellor, five deputy vice-chancellors, eight pro-vice-chancellors and seven assistant pro-vice-chancellors. more like this
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Lord Patten more like this
star this property uin HL151 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
star this property answer text <p>Effective management of a university and meeting the demands of high-quality teaching, research and delivering quality outcomes for students is a complex task. Decisions on the structure of leadership teams or the job titles within any institutional hierarchy are an issue of institutional autonomy. However, students and taxpayers all contribute to our higher education system, and rightly expect value for money. We have set up the regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), to regulate the higher education sector and ensure it is delivering real value for money. Where issues with senior staff pay lead to concern, the OfS has power to carry out independent reviews of a provider’s governance to ensure that these arrangements are fit for purpose.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-14T17:04:37.183Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T17:04:37.183Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
1169319
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Crime more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK Universities about reports that universities are not reporting crime statistics. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL175 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
star this property answer text <p>Criminal acts and misconduct are unacceptable in our world-leading universities, which should be safe and inclusive environments. Universities are autonomous institutions, and it is for each provider to determine what information should be collected and reported. Institutions have no statutory requirement to report crime statistics but have a responsibility to ensure students feel safe and able to report incidents, and to provide robust policies and procedures to address all forms of misconduct.</p><p> </p><p>Current recorded crime statistics cover incidents reported to police. Where an institution (or the victim themselves) report the matter to the police it will be recorded and therefore captured in crime statistics. The government is aware that third party organisations collate data relating to incidents reported as taking place in Higher Education Providers (HEPs) and officials monitor this information.</p><p> </p><p>The government expects providers to keep records of incidents disclosed to them and act swiftly to investigate and address them, with police involvement where necessary. Effective data collection processes enable HEPs to review and analyse reported incidents and complaints to inform continuous improvement. HEPs should continue to break down barriers to reporting, to ensure students and staff feel safe and able to report incidents.</p><p> </p><p>The government continues to work closely with Universities UK (UUK) on implementing its Changing the Culture framework. The most recent progress report, published in October 2019, showed that 72% of responding institutions had developed or improved recording of data on incidents with a more centralised approach. UUK are also supporting HEPs in handling misconduct and criminal offences, including working with the Police Association of Higher Education Liaison Officers to explore how to best support information sharing between police forces and universities, and government officials meet regularly with UUK representatives.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-14T13:52:06.75Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T13:52:06.75Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge remove filter
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1168630
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star this property date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Admissions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK universities about combating the student wealth divide in those applying to university. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL88 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
star this property answer text <p>This government believes that a university education should be available to everyone who has the potential to benefit from it, and that higher education providers must continue to take steps to level the playing field for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and other under-represented groups. All providers wishing to charge tuition fees above the basic fee level must have an access and participation plan agreed by the higher education regulator, the Office for Students. Through these plans, providers set out the targets and their planned activity to support improved access and successful participation for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented groups.</p><p>The current student finance system removes financial barriers for those hoping to study and is backed by the taxpayer. The government provides maintenance loans and supplementary grants to help with the costs of living, targeting the most support at those from the lowest income families. Living costs support increased by 10.3% for eligible students on the lowest incomes in 2016/17 compared to the previous system. Further inflationary increases in living costs support have been made in each academic year since with a further increase of 2.9% announced for the 2020/21 academic year taking the support available for the lowest income students to record levels.</p><p>Student loan repayments are linked to income, not to interest rates or the amount borrowed. The repayment system is designed to be progressive and borrowers on lower incomes are not obliged to repay their loans, with outstanding debt written off after 30 years.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2020-01-07T17:02:23.18Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T17:02:23.18Z
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1167558
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star this property date less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Solicitors: Training more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed withdrawal of Professional and Career Development Loans on those from low-income households seeking to qualify as solicitors through the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, which is scheduled to be introduced in 2021. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL566 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) closed to new applicants in January 2019. The department identified the majority of prospective applicants had access to statutory loans, such as Advanced Learner Loans and postgraduate master’s loans, for the courses they intended to study. Demand for PCDLs had fallen significantly as a result.</p><p> </p><p>It was not possible to assess the impact of this decision on an examination that did not exist at the time.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:30:20.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:30:20.103Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
1167562
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star this property date less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Finance more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK Universities about concerns over the future finances of universities. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL570 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for assessing and monitoring the financial sustainability of registered higher education (HE) providers in England. The English HE sector overall remains in reasonable financial health, according to the OfS, in its report published on 4 April 2019. The OfS has currently registered 388 HE providers. This means that it has assessed that each of those providers has met a registration condition of being financially sustainable looking out for a period of five years. The OfS will continually monitor providers’ compliance with this registration condition, as with all registration conditions, in a way that is appropriate to the circumstances of individual providers.</p><p>Ministers and officials in the Department for Education regularly discuss a wide range of issues relating to HE with the OfS. Similarly, Ministers and officials frequently meet representatives of individual HE providers and sector representative bodies.</p><p>Education is a devolved matter. The Department for Education is responsible for HE in England only. The OfS is the regulator for HE in England only.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:40:22.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:40:22.623Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1167218
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision universities are required to make for students who need to repeat a year or pause their studies due to (1) ill health, (2) having caring responsibilities, and (3) a pregnancy; and to what extent the Department for Education expects universities to make equal provision for such students in cases where the university concerned decided to close down a department part of the way through the degree course for any student concerned. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL486 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for safeguarding standards within the sector. It ensures that the Department for Education works collaboratively with the sector to make sure that it acts in the best interests of students. The regulatory framework is designed to ensure that higher education providers are: providing value for money for students; are taking action to improve access and participation; and they have student protection plans in place in case of any market failure.</p><p>My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education’s guidance to the OfS sets out that student interests should be central to the mission of the OfS and that the OfS should promote a positive higher education experience.</p><p>In relation to the student experience, the government has asked the OfS to promote providers’ active engagement with the welfare and wellbeing of students and in particular encourages measures to support student mental health.</p><p>Undergraduate students who are required to repeat a year of study on their course due to compelling personal reasons (e.g. illness, ill health or pregnancy) can apply for an additional year of tuition fee loan and living costs support from Student Finance England for their repeat year of study.</p><p>Undergraduate students who suspend their studies due to illness, caring responsibilities or pregnancy can apply to Student Finance England to continue paying their living costs support during their period of absence.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:42:41.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:42:41.587Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1156602
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star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Intellectual Property more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to UK universities about the risk of (1) hostile state actors, and (2) a reliance on funding from Chinese students and the theft of research and intellectual property from campuses. more like this
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Lord West of Spithead more like this
star this property uin HL482 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The government has developed bespoke advice, as part of the Trusted Research campaign, which will help UK universities and research institutions make informed decisions about international collaboration and, in doing so, protect their intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) continue to work closely with the academic sector to improve their security practices and help protect academic establishments from threats.</p><p> </p><p>The government welcomes international students to study in the UK. We recognise that they enhance our educational institutions both financially and culturally. They enrich the experience of domestic students and they become important ambassadors for the UK in later life. In the recently published ‘International Education Strategy’, the government set out its ambition to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000. This is underpinned by measures to support the sector to attract students from all over the globe, including the recently announced Graduate Route, which will enable institutions to recruit on a sustainable basis.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:49:26.883Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:49:26.883Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord West of Spithead more like this