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Student loans and the problem of how to widen access have been in the news again – while the post-1992 universities are about to take a big financial hit   DfE ‘failed’ to monitor UK Student Loans Company Times Higher Education, 11/05/2018, Ellie Bothwell The UK government failed to effectively oversee the Student Loans Company...
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Universities now hold three times as much in reserves as they did in 2011-12, just before higher tuition fees were introduced   Universities sit on £44bn after tuition fee increase The Times, 27/04/2018, Rosemary Bennett Universities are ‘hoarding’ £44 billion of reserves, more than the entire annual schools budget, according to a report on their...
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Academic staff have voted to accept an offer to reopen negotiations with employers, and the position of the OU’s vice-chancellor finally becomes untenable   Student nurses face financial hardship over loan error, says nursing body The Guardian, 16/04/2018, Patrick Greenfield Hundreds of student nurses whose loans and grants have been cut off or reduced because...
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The pensions dispute rumbles on, the OfS admits to making a mistake over the Toby Young appointment, and the OU vice-chancellor faces a vote of no confidence   Universities give out unconditional offers like candy, say head teachers The Times, 31/03/2018, Rosemary Bennett Universities have been told to stop dishing out unconditional offers “like candy”...
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Demand for university places is going to grow by 300,000, but the rise in tuition fees means fewer people are choosing to study part-time   More than 40,000 fewer part-time students go to university due to tuition fees hike, study suggests The Independent online, 15/03/2018, Eleanor Busby More than 40,000 fewer part-time students are going to university...
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The universities minister says that students should be compensated for missed teaching time as a result of the pensions strike, and a report says that there should have been greater scrutiny in the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students   EU ‘should forge wider research community after Brexit’ Times Higher...
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Vice-chancellors have been sharing their concerns that some universities may face insolvency, while Robert Halfon MP says too many students are studying academic degrees   Opportunity and risk: universities prepare for an uncertain future The Guardian, 07/02/2018, Harriet Swain Research with vice-chancellors by the Guardian shows some hope amongst the gloom about Brexit, funding changes...
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The big news this week is that there’s a real danger that falling student numbers may see some English universities forced to close down. Elsewhere there’s concern about pensions, student finance and bullying   Fears of university closures after removal of safety net   The Guardian, 30/01/2018, Anna Fazackerley Some English universities may be in danger...
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It’s been a busy week in higher education. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting stories, from a possible cut to tuition fees to the revelation that a diploma mill in Pakistan has been selling degrees to British nationals Universities expect sharp drop in student applications i, 16/01/2018, Richard Vaughan University leaders are braced for...
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