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University funding
Professor GR Evans takes a look at what the three major political parties have planned for higher education   For those of us interested in higher education, one of the most eagerly-awaited aspects of the manifestos was how they would deal with the recommendations of the Augar Review into higher education funding. The review had...
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Nottingham Trent University is cutting the number of firsts, while one of their academics has faced a backlash for encouraging students to register to vote   Universities ‘central’ to solutions on UK regional inequality Times Higher Education, 15/11/2019, John Morgan Universities could play a central role in addressing the UK’s dire levels of regional inequality,...
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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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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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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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The Higher Education Funding Council for England did an excellent job of maintaining a register of providers. So why is the Office for Students struggling, asks Professor G.R.Evans   The Office for Students (OfS), fully in operation from 1 August after its first-year transition period, is behind with its registrations of providers. Given the imminence...
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Academic staff on casual contracts do twice the amount of work they are paid for, and a member of the House of Lords hopes to outlaw essay mills   Scientists quit Nobel-winning project over authorship dispute Times Higher Education, 05/07/2019, David Matthews A dispute over paper authorship has led to scientists quitting the celebrated project...
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The roles of the previous higher education regulator, Hefce, have been split between two new bodies: UKRI and OfS. The two organisations were meant to collaborate – but how’s it working out in practice? Professor GR Evans investigates   Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) 2017 abolished the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce)...
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