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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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There is controversy over leaked plans to end loans to students with three Ds or less, and one university is shutting students out of campus libraries for failing to pay rent   Oxford places ban on donations and research grants from Huawei The Guardian, 18/01/2018, Rob Davies The University of Oxford has placed an indefinite...
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This week, a new universities minister takes the helm – and despite a gradual rise in students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending university, the top public schools still dominate Oxbridge entry   Eton and Westminster among eight schools dominating Oxbridge The Guardian, 07/12/2018, Sally Weale Eight top schools in the UK get as many pupils into...
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When the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester was threatened with closure, a campaign was launched to re-open it as a community-owned college. Founder member Dr Miriam Gill looks forward to a brighter future for adult education in the city   ‘”If you’re going to save your department, you’re going to...
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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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Patrick Ainley welcomes a book that rethinks the purpose of a university ­– and offers some radical suggestions of his own Everyone knows who universities are for. As another book in the Bristol University/ Policy Press shorts series concludes: ‘The English education industry functions as a giant sorting machine, rewarding through largely written examinations what...
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Brexit dominates the headlines this week, as Imperial announces a partnership with a German university and a scientist warns of the ‘catastrophic’ effect leaving the EU could have on cancer research   University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit BBC, 10/10/2018, Sean Coughlan A top UK university is planning a ‘unique’ post-Brexit arrangement with a German...
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Discussions about student funding don’t have to revolve around tuition fees, argue Josie McLellan, Richard Pettigrew and Tom Sperlinger. Instead we should start by asking fundamental questions about the purpose of a university education   Debates about higher education in the UK are often dominated by questions about student funding. There is a risk that...
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Private school heads argue that unconditional offers lead to worse A-level results, while vice-chancellors say that essay mills should be made illegal   Top schools call for an end to universities’ use of unconditional offers The Guardian, 28/08/2018, Richard Adams Elite private schools have called for universities to cut back on the use of unconditional...
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The Migration Advisory Committee publishes its report on the impact of overseas students in the UK, while an expert says that we should do away with degree classifications   Universities should end grading system to end pressure on students, Kings College expert suggests Daily Telegraph, 14/09/2019, Henry Bodkin Universities should consider changing the system of...
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