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Demand for university places is going to grow by 300,000, but the rise in tuition fees means fewer people are choosing to study part-time   More than 40,000 fewer part-time students go to university due to tuition fees hike, study suggests The Independent online, 15/03/2018, Eleanor Busby More than 40,000 fewer part-time students are going to university...
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It turns out the CDBU were right about tuition fees Prime minister Theresa May has admitted that tuition fees in England are among the highest in the world. It’s good to see an acknowledgement from government of something that we first drew attention to three years ago. The general election of 2015 was the first...
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Vice-chancellors have been sharing their concerns that some universities may face insolvency, while Robert Halfon MP says too many students are studying academic degrees   Opportunity and risk: universities prepare for an uncertain future The Guardian, 07/02/2018, Harriet Swain Research with vice-chancellors by the Guardian shows some hope amongst the gloom about Brexit, funding changes...
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We are pleased to report that Martin Wolf’s lecture: Uses and Abuses of Economics in the Debate on Universities is now available for download here: Wolf_CDBU_lecture_26Jan2017. For a synopsis, see previous post.
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In December, Jo Johnson, the Universities and Science Minister, launched a review of university research funding. The goals of the review appear well-aligned with those of CDBU: ‘to cut red tape so that universities can focus more on delivering the world-leading research for which the UK is renowned’. The review is chaired by the President...
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The Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) today submitted its response to the Green Paper “Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice“. We undertook this exercise in good faith and with good will since the focus of the Green Paper is on issues close to the heart of our founding...
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By the CDBU Steering Committee If you work in the sciences, you will be all too aware of the journal impact factor (JIF). The requirement for ‘publications in high impact journals’ has become a staple of job advertisements, and the achievement of this goal is emblazoned across research group websites as evidence of gloriousness. The...
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As noted in an earlier blogpost, CDBU has a strong interest in student fees. We are concerned that Fees in England are nearly four times higher than in Ireland and seven times higher than the next most expensive country in the EU, the Netherlands. English students now graduate with over three times more student debt...
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By the CDBU Steering Committee Last Thursday evening, academic staff at the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey received a communication from the department of Human Resources informing them of a proposal for ‘restructuring’ the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences. This was totally unexpected. The proposal in the document would lead to...
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In the second of our two short videos responding to UKIP’s and Plaid Cymru’s STEM policy, Howard Hotson notes how abolishing fees for STEM subjects is logically problematic.
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