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The University of Reading is the latest to find that overseas campuses aren’t as lucrative as hoped, while Oxford has been blessed with a gift of £150m to create a new centre for the humanities   Reading halves Malaysia campus workforce after £27 million loss Times Higher Education, 21/06/2019, Ellie Bothwell The University of Reading has drastically...
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This week there’s only one news story that counts: the publication of the Augar report and its impact on graduate and university finances   Skidmore warns against over-reliance on graduate earnings data Times Higher Education, 07/06/2019, Chris Havergal England’s universities minister has warned against relying too heavily on graduate employment data to judge the value...
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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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The Augar Review is expected to recommend a cut in tuition fees. But instead of focusing on who pays for higher education, we should start by asking what higher education is for, argues Eric Lybeck, Leverhulme early career fellow at the Manchester Institute of Education   University leaders are waiting with bated breath for the conclusions...
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The government’s attempt to marketise universities has gone woefully wrong, argues Professor Norman Gowar, former principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. It’s time for a radical rethink of student funding   The long-awaited Augar Review was commissioned in the light of the government’s realisation that its policies had gone woefully wrong. It was precipitated by...
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The long-awaited review of university tuition fees might not now be published until May – and vice-chancellors make some robust criticisms of the potential cost of subject-level TEF   £7,500 tuition fees plan faces Brexit delay BBC, 01/03/2019, Sean Coughlan The review of university tuition fees in England has been caught in a Brexit gridlock...
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Struggling universities are cutting staff – and a survey reveals just how unpopular TEF is   More job cuts on cards unless tuition fee cap lifted, v-c warns Times Higher Education, 15/02/2019, Jack Grove A sector leader has warned that more leading UK universities will be forced to make significant job cuts if undergraduate tuition...
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A drop in EU student numbers, a huge increase in borrowing by universities and another overseas campus closes. The financial omens for the sector are not looking good   Universities raise alarm over no-deal Brexit and EU student enrolment The Guardian, 04/01/2019, Sally Weale University leaders have said that a no-deal Brexit would constitute “one of the biggest...
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A new study finds that the larger part of tuition fees is spent on support, admin and buildings rather than tuition – and the two-year degree makes one of its periodic reappearances   Scrap REF and allocate QR funding by headcount, says professor Times Higher Education, 23/11/2018, Anna McKie Quality-related research funding should be distributed...
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