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Widening access
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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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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Patrick Ainley, formerly professor of training and education at the University of Greenwich, welcomes an essay collection aiming to rethink the purpose of tertiary level learning but thinks that it does not go far enough   The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) is a think tank connected to the trades unions combining ‘grassroots...
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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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Staff referrals to counselling services rose by 300% in six years to 2015. Elsewhere in our round-up, the Russell Group launches a new website to advise on A-level choices, and a tribunal has decided that Oxbridge can force older professors to retire   External examiners ‘need more support on standards’ Times Higher Education, 24/05/2019, Simon...
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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 number of English universities with operating deficits has risen to 32 – but the economy sees a net benefit from overseas students who stay   Open University gave away £13 million in severance payments last year despite claiming they are broke, HESA figures reveal Daily Telegraph, 22/03/2019, Camilla Turner The...
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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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The marketisation of higher education combined with the government’s efforts to regulate it has led to the worst of both worlds, argues Professor Norman Gowar, former principal of Royal Holloway, University of London   Since I am long retired I cannot take part in the government’s survey on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) but here’s...
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