News round-up: University applications from 18-year olds have reached a record high, despite the demographic dip

News round-up: University applications from 18-year olds have reached a record high, despite the demographic dip

As more 18-year olds are applying to university and more gain places through clearing,  Labour wants to move to a system of applying to university after A-level results   Knowledge exchange framework review before funding link Times Higher Education, 23/08/2019, Chris...
News round-up: A review of the admissions system is under way – could this mean the introduction of post-A-level applications?

News round-up: A review of the admissions system is under way – could this mean the introduction of post-A-level applications?

University admissions, drop-out rates and grade inflation are all in the news – and a vice-chancellor is sacked for gross misconduct   Swansea University sack vice chancellor and dean of management school for gross misconduct Wales Online, 26/7/2019, Sion Barry...

News round-up: Casual academics are doing huge amounts of unpaid work

Academic staff on casual contracts do twice the amount of work they are paid for, and a member of the House of Lords hopes to outlaw essay mills   Scientists quit Nobel-winning project over authorship dispute Times Higher Education, 05/07/2019, David Matthews A...

A robust analysis of the crisis in universities

Professor David Midgley reviews English Universities in Crisis: Markets without Competition, by Jefferson Frank, Norman Gowar and Michael Naef   The policy objectives against which this book measures the effectiveness of the current system for funding and regulating...