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A huge rise in mental health referrals amongst academics is the result of increasingly stressful working conditions, argues researcher and independent scholar Liz Morrish   It is often said that lecturers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions. My report for the Higher Education Policy Institute, Pressure Vessels: the epidemic of poor mental health among higher...
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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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Martin Allen takes a look at the woes facing the programme to introduce technical schools sponsored by universities   What’s happened to University Technology Colleges – the 14-19 schools created by one time Secretary of State Kenneth (now Lord) Baker? Citing ‘academic snobbery’ for the failure to establish proper technical education in this country, which...
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Female academics are less likely to reach senior positions than male ones, and since the referendum, there’s been a big rise in EU academics leaving the UK   Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’ BBC, 17/10/2019, Hannah Richardson Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials...
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Norman Gowar was unimpressed by the Augar Review’s recommendations on student finance. He lays out an alternative proposal that would work for students, universities and taxpayers   It is sad that the government’s attempts to marketise universities received scant attention by the Augar Report, but I do welcome the recognition that there has been a...
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As figures show that half of young people now go to university, Labour has announced plans to limit the number of students universities can accept from private schools   UUK president aims to show degree value ‘not all about money’ Times Higher Education, 03/10/2019, John Morgan The new president of Universities UK has said that...
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A mixed bag this week: Gavin Williamson supports the OfS review into university admissions, a record number of disadvantaged pupils are winning university places and universities are likely to face delays to funding when the UK leaves the EU   Ethicist warns universities against using AI in admissions Times Higher Education, 20/09/2019, David Matthews Using...
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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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As more 18-year olds are applying to university and more gain places through clearing,  Labour wants to move to a system of applying to university after A-level results   Knowledge exchange framework review before funding link Times Higher Education, 23/08/2019, Chris Havergal The forthcoming knowledge exchange framework is likely to determine the distribution of institutional...
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Augar’s recommendation of cuts to tuition fees could be devastating unless government makes up the shortfall, says a House of Lords committee – and the OfS could begin fining universities if they carry on making unconditional offers   Tuition fees cut could be devastating for universities, say peers The Guardian, 08/09/2019, Sally Weale Proposals to...
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