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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 Swansea University has sacked its vice chancellor Richard B Davies and the dean of its...
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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 dispute over paper authorship has led to scientists quitting the celebrated project...
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The roles of the previous higher education regulator, Hefce, have been split between two new bodies: UKRI and OfS. The two organisations were meant to collaborate – but how’s it working out in practice? Professor GR Evans investigates   Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) 2017 abolished the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce)...
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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 universities in England are those of the Browne Review: to improve participation rates in higher education among...
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A master’s degree boosts earning potential, but male graduates still earn more than female ones. And there’s cross-party backing for plans to reintroduce the two-year post-study work visa   Women with master’s degrees paid less than men without them in England The Guardian, 26/04/2019, Richard Adams Women in England with postgraduate degrees still earn less than...
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Student loans will now be reclassified as public spending – and the Office for Students issues universities with a warning about grade inflation   Philosophers urge Hull to think again over course cuts Times Higher Education, 21/12/2018, Matthew Reisz Leading academics have urged the University of Hull to commit to continuing to teach philosophy, as...
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Sir Michael Barber, head of the Office for Students, has said that the regulator will not come to the aid of failing universities. It’s a policy that could have disastrous consequences for students, argues Professor DVM Bishop   In a much-publicised speech on November 6, Sir Michael Barber, head of the Office for Students (Ofs),...
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As it emerges that some universities are near bankruptcy, there has been a heated debate about whether the government should – or would – allow them to fail   Stormzy: Oxford University turned down my scholarship offer The Guardian, 08/11/2018, Sarah Marsh and Dan Hancox Stormzy has accused Oxford University of rejecting his offer to...
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Guest post by Prof G.R.Evans In the last few years there have been radical changes in the way English higher education is funded and regulated.  That has had negative consequences not only for students  but also at the receiving end of funding, where higher education providers have to survive financially and need to be able...
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More evidence that an academic career is highly stressful, while the UKRI counts the cost as it fails to register as a charity   Half of UK academics ‘suffer stress-linked mental health problems’ Times Higher Education, 06/07/2018, Jack Grove About half of all UK university staff have suffered depression, anxiety or other types of mental...
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