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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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University admissions, drop-out rates and grade inflation are all in the news – and a vice-chancellor is sacked for gross misconduct   Swansea University sack vice chancellor and dean of management school for gross misconduct Wales Online, 26/7/2019, Sion Barry Swansea University has sacked its vice chancellor Richard B Davies and the dean of its...
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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 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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Professor David Midgley reviews English Universities in Crisis: Markets without Competition, by Jefferson Frank, Norman Gowar and Michael Naef   The policy objectives against which this book measures the effectiveness of the current system for funding and regulating universities in England are those of the Browne Review: to improve participation rates in higher education among...
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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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The gap between rich and poor starts to widen again – and responsibility for the rise in unconditional offers lies with just 20 universities   Gap between rich and poor students at top universities widens for first time in decade Independent, 31/01/2019, Eleanor Busby The gap between rich and poor students going to Britain’s best universities...
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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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