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Strong words from the education secretary on free speech, and new figures show that two in five 18-year-olds now apply to university   Gavin Williamson gives universities final warning on free speech The Times, 07/02/2020, Rosemary Bennett The education secretary has given universities a final warning to guard free speech or face legislation. In an article for The...
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If grade inflation continues at the current rate, by 2030 all students at some universities will graduate with first-class degrees. Plus: regulation is costing universities more than £500k a year   First-class degrees for all students by 2030 The Times, 27/12/2019, Rosemary Bennett All students will graduate from some universities with a first-class degree in...
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University staff are to strike over pensions, pay and working conditions – and an imminent general election casts uncertainty over higher education policy   December election puts UK policy progress on hold Times Higher Education, 01/11/2019, Simon Baker News that a general election will be held in December may have finally given some people optimism...
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Once again, the country finds itself without a universities minister, while plans to allow EU nationals to stay for only three years in the event of no deal could hit student recruitment   Ucas accused of abusing its position with debt firm advert The Guardian, 06/09/2019, Richard Adams The consumer finance expert Martin Lewis has...
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In England, record numbers of school leavers apply to university – and a record proportion of students are awarded first-class degrees   England university applications hit record numbers BBC, 11/07/2019, Anon Record numbers of 18-year-olds in England have applied for a place at university, figures from Ucas reveal. The admissions service statistics show 236,350 school...
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The University of Reading is the latest to find that overseas campuses aren’t as lucrative as hoped, while Oxford has been blessed with a gift of £150m to create a new centre for the humanities   Reading halves Malaysia campus workforce after £27 million loss Times Higher Education, 21/06/2019, Ellie Bothwell The University of Reading has drastically...
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The number of English universities in financial deficit is on the up, while an increase in fees for EU students could result in universities becoming even worse off   Number of English universities in financial deficit increases BBC, 09/05/2019, David Rhodes The number of universities and colleges in England with a financial deficit has jumped...
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In this week’s news round-up, the former universities minister attacks funding proposals that would lead to a two-tier system, while universities are becoming increasingly reliant on non-disclosure agreements   Research must solve social problems, says top EU policymaker Times Higher Education, 12/04/2019, David Matthews One of the European Union’s top policymakers has warned universities that...
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It seemed that the pensions dispute had been resolved – and then union members voted to reject it. So who decides when an agreement has been reached, asks Professor GR Evans The press was quick off the mark to announce a resolution to the pensions dispute when talks with ACAS involving Universities UK and the...
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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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