Johnny Rich is an award-winning writer of fiction, guidebooks and journalism. Here is a small selection of his creative work.
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- Novel: The Human Script
- Short fiction samples
- Policy & research papers
The Human Script
Johnny’s debut novel was first published in April 2013 by Red Button Publishing. Click here for more details.
You can read a sample extract here.
Johnny occasionally writes short fiction for which he has won a few awards. Here are two samples:
Johnny is the published author of a wide range of non-fiction books, papers and journalism, including:
The Push Guides: a series of guidebooks to universities and student life.
- The Push Guide to Which University was published in 12 annual editions and became the best-selling guide to UK universities. Johnny wrote or co-wrote the first three editions and edited all further editions.
- Johnny also wrote two other Push guides: The Push Guide to Choosing a University and The Push Guide to Student Money, not of which appeared in three editions.
- The final print editions of Push’s books were published in 2011, after which the content moved to the Push website where Johnny continued to edit a rolling programme of updated content.
Policy and research papers
Johnny has written or co-authored a number of policy and research papers on various aspects of education and employability. Among these are:
- ‘STEM and BTEC’, Holding talent back? What is next for the future of Level 3? (2022) p55-60, Higher Education Policy Institute
- Engineering opportunity: Maximising the opportunities for social mobility from studying Engineering (2021), Engineering Professors’ Council
- Fairer Funding: the case for a graduate levy (2018), Higher Education Policy Institute
- Employability: Degrees of Value (2015), Higher Education Policy Institute
- Experience Enhanced: Improving engineering degree apprenticeships (2018), Engineering Professors’ Council (co-author)
- ‘How a better HE funding system could make everybody happy’, Blue Skies: New Thinking about the future of Higher Education, Vol 1 (2012), Pearson
- ‘Engineering: why higher education must deliver employability not employment’, p225, The State of Engineering (2018), Engineering UK
- ‘Threading employability into the tapestry of higher education’, Blue Skies: New Thinking about the future of Higher Education, Vol 3 (2014), Pearson
- Initial impact of Brexit on European students and academic staff in UK’s engineering higher education (September 2018), Proceedings of the SEFI Annual Conference 2018 (co-author)
- ‘Employability and social capital’, Inspiring policy: Graduate outcomes and social mobility (February 2016), The Bridge Group
A woefully incomplete selection of articles on a range of topics:
- ‘Is it time for Oxbridge interviews for all?’, Wonkhe (1/8/2022)
- ‘Why the Home Office ‘top graduate’ work visa plans won’t work’, University World News (4/6/2022)
- The Home Office plan for ‘high potential visas’ is no master card, LSE Impact (1/6/2022)
- ‘Why put every student into the Clearing scramble?’, Wonkhe (30/4/2021)
- ‘The true potential of a national student survey’, HEPI Blog (19/4/2021)
- ‘The Fair Access Coalition: 10 requirements for a fair admissions process’, (writing as the Fair Access Coalition) HEPI Blog (22/3/2021)
- ‘Augur and the four horses’, HEPI Blog (12/6/2019)
- ‘TEF won’t sweeten my rankings rancour’, Wonkhe (8/4/2019)
- ‘Keeping the sinking apprenticeship afloat’, Wonkhe (14/6/2018)
- ‘The antidote to league tables’, Wonkhe (1/5/2017)
- ‘Bell’s agency cocktail needs added vision’, Wonkhe (17/2/2017)
- ’31 Questions to give your brain a workout’, Huffington Post (16/9/2016)
- ’35 reasons to vote #Leave’, Huffington Post (7/6/2016): a ironic and comic look at the fallacies behind the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign. This article because HuffPost’s third most shared blog of the year.
- ‘We need to talk about employability, not employment’, Times Higher Education (10/12/2015)
- ‘Why TEF must measure employability not employment’, Wonkhe (1/12/2015)
- ‘The pros and cons of rejection’, Huffington Post (26/10/2015)
- ‘Clearing up the information landscape’, Wonkhe (29/9/2014)
- ‘A profitable alignment of interests’, Times Higher Education (27/3/2014)
- ‘Do Universities Give You Value for Money?’, BestCourse4Me (13/6/2013)
- ‘Five reasons that UK universities cannot do outreach on their own’, The Guardian (24/12/2012)
- ‘Change of heart: Why do so many students abandon the professions for which they trained?’, The Guardian (7/9/1999)