News round-up: ‘Universities battle over a shrinking pool of applicants’: the number of students applying to university drops again

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...

News round-up: Half of all academics suffer from stress-related mental health problems – but there is good news for EU students

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...

News round-up: Ditch predicted grades for university admissions

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...