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When the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester was threatened with closure, a campaign was launched to re-open it as a community-owned college. Founder member Dr Miriam Gill looks forward to a brighter future for adult education in the city   ‘”If you’re going to save your department, you’re going to...
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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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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 Migration Advisory Committee publishes its report on the impact of overseas students in the UK, while an expert says that we should do away with degree classifications   Universities should end grading system to end pressure on students, Kings College expert suggests Daily Telegraph, 14/09/2019, Henry Bodkin Universities should consider changing the system of...
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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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Universities dish out cash ‘bribes’ to students with unconditional offers to hit their grades i newspaper, 17/08/2018, Richard Vaughan Universities have been accused of dishing out cash “bribes” to students with unconditional offers of places to stop them slacking off before taking A-levels. Institutions are promising the financial incentives, worth up to £3,00, to students...
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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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