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A drop in EU student numbers, a huge increase in borrowing by universities and another overseas campus closes. The financial omens for the sector are not looking good   Universities raise alarm over no-deal Brexit and EU student enrolment The Guardian, 04/01/2019, Sally Weale University leaders have said that a no-deal Brexit would constitute “one of the biggest...
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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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Brexit dominates the headlines this week, as Imperial announces a partnership with a German university and a scientist warns of the ‘catastrophic’ effect leaving the EU could have on cancer research   University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit BBC, 10/10/2018, Sean Coughlan A top UK university is planning a ‘unique’ post-Brexit arrangement with a German...
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Discussions about student funding don’t have to revolve around tuition fees, argue Josie McLellan, Richard Pettigrew and Tom Sperlinger. Instead we should start by asking fundamental questions about the purpose of a university education   Debates about higher education in the UK are often dominated by questions about student funding. There is a risk that...
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The UK spends less on R&D than Iceland, the new Welsh funding regime is less generous than it seems and the removal of the cap on student numbers has led to some universities losing out in the fight for students   UK flounders behind Iceland, Luxembourg and Denmark for University R&D spend FE News, 30/08/2018,...
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The fall in applications has led to fierce competition between universities, a drop in income and an uncertain future for both students and staff, argues Professor GR Evans The A-level results are out. Applicants are getting to grips with fending for themselves in Clearing (no, they will not let your mother telephone for you). But...
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A rise in unconditional offers and arguments over student loans have dominated the higher education new in the past month   Call to rethink China branch campuses over academic freedom risks Times Higher Education, 02/08/2018, Ellie Bothwell Western universities have been told to rethink their collaborations in China in the wake of the latest attacks...
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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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A think tank attacks grade inflation, while a new study calls for an end to the UK admissions system based on predicted A-level grades   Too many firsts risk universities’ credibility, says think tank BBC, 21/06/2018 Universities risk losing their credibility due to “rocketing” grade inflation, a think tank has said. According to Reform, the...
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Media coverage of a recent student survey suggested higher education was poor value for money. But, asks Professor David Midgley, what does ‘value for money’ actually mean to students? The announcement of the 2018 Student Academic Experience Survey (SAES) by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) on 7 June was pretty up-beat (“In a marked...
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