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BBC - Universities want funding clarity on Brexit and fees

The UK's universities are substantial beneficiaries from EU research funding, and they are anxious about the risk of losing both the cash and their place in international research projects. The big questions for Jo Johnson, returning as universities minister, will revolve around funding and fees...

Independent - Young people are the most disengaged with education in the north of England, report finds

Young people’s level of engagement with education varies significantly by region, according to a new report, which has revealed the north of England to have the most disengaged students. The research from The Careers and Enterprise Company has found students from Humber, Liverpool and, Tees...

Independent - White working-class boys forced to hide their identities in order to get through university, says report

The underrepresentation of white working-class boys at university has surfaced again, this time in a report commissioned by the widening participation department at King’s College London. The report says they feel forced to hide their identities in order navigate the world of higher...

Independent - Warning that boys could be left behind by language skills ‘gender gap’

Boys are almost twice as likely as girls to be falling behind in their language skills by the time they start school, putting their chances of being successful in life at risk, according to a report by Save the Children.  In the past decade, almost a million boys were not achieving...

Guardian - Cancer, sea life, mental health: the UK research that will be hit by Brexit

Within a day of the announcement of Britain’s decision to quit the EU, Prof Dame Til Wykes was contacted by a leading candidate for a professorship in her department at King’s College London. The candidate no longer wished to be considered for the post, she was told. Three days later, a similar...

Times Higher - Jo Johnson reappointed as universities and science minister

After a major clear-out of David Cameron’s Cabinet team, Theresa May has kept some continuity for higher education by reassigning Jo Johnson to the universities and science brief. The THE reports (registration/paywall): ...

Times Higher - Canadian universities told to offer ‘incentives’ to woo UK scholars

A Canadian thinktank has advised the country's universities to take advantage of UK’s ‘instability’ after EU referendum, according to the Times Higher. Read more (registration/paywall):  www.timeshighereducation.com/news/canadian-universities-told-offer-incentives-woo-uk-scholars

Telegraph - Almost 100,000 more women than men applied to UK universities this year

T here were 94,000 more women than men applying to university this year, according to new figures. UCAS has revealed that, by the 30 June deadline this year, a total of 593,720 people applied to full-time courses in UK higher education. The Telegraph reports: ...

Independent - Westminster University achieves national first by hiring first-ever paid secular adviser for staff and students

The University of Westminster has achieved a national first by appointing the first-ever paid secular adviser for non-religious staff and students. The Independent explains: ...

EU students ‘cancel places at Aberystwyth University’ post-Brexit

More than 100 prospective European students have withdrawn applications to study at a Welsh university following the European referendum result. Prof John Grattan, acting vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said about half of those pulled out the day after the Brexit vote. The BBC...

Guardian - Six leading scientists give perspectives on UK science after Brexit

“The impact on science of the Brexit vote is real and it’s happening now," says one member of a panel of research and university leaders reflecting on ways forward for science and society in the Guardian. Read more: ...

Student financial support 'not being evaluated' by universities

Most UK universities do not assess how the millions of pounds of financial support they give students affects their progress, a report says. The Office for Fair Access says some £478m was committed to supporting students financially in 2014-15. The watchdog said it was key that universities...

Guardian - NHS bursary reforms are just one part of a larger policy challenge

The NHS needs to train more of its own nurses, the Guardian says. The National Audit Office estimated that the NHS was short of just under 28,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors in 2014. Over recent years, the number of nurses has grown more slowly than the number of doctors and the UK has...

Telegraph - US student sues university in Sweden over useless degree, and wins - how long until this happens in the UK?

A second year law student at the University of Bristol writes in the Telegraph about an American girl, studying in Sweden, called Connie Askenback who was dissatisfied with her course and successfully sued her university for the cost of her fees plus interest. He says: "The...

Wonkhe - Plan for the worst and hope for the best

Jim Dickinson, Chief Executive of Union of UEA Students and formerly a long-standing senior Director at the National Union of Students, looks at institutions' strategic plans and wonders if the best thing, for now, might be for unis to stop expanding and competing, and look at mergers and...

Telegraph - Forget single honours, forget joint honours, the liberal arts are back

Liberal arts degrees have been popping up all over the UK. At universities from Aberystwyth to Winchester, students are turning their backs on what is seen to be narrow specialisation and are embracing the breadth of interdisciplinary degrees. The Telegraph explains: ...

Guardian - UK scientists dropped from EU projects because of post-Brexit funding fears

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has unleashed a wave of discrimination against UK researchers, with elite universities in the country coming under pressure to abandon collaborations with European partners. In a confidential survey of the UK’s Russell Group universities, the Guardian found...

Herald Scotland - Scottish universities targeting fee-paying students from England to boost income

Scotland's ancient universities are increasingly targeting fee-paying students from England to boost their finances, new figures show. The universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews have all given offers to a higher percentage of applicants from England compared to those from...

Guardian - Post-referendum uncertainty is harming research – universities need answers now

The provost of UCL writes in the Guardian: "We and other universities need urgent answers from the government to some of the pressing questions relating to students, staff and research funding we face in the medium and longer term." Read his piece here: ...

Independent - US takes the lead for having the most top universities in the world, according to CWUR

The US has charged on ahead with a staggering 224 top universities in the world out of 1,000, according to this year’s Centre for World University Rankings list. The UK, meanwhile, has 65 institutions in the 2016 table, just behind China (90) and Japan (74), as the prestigious Oxbridge...

Independent - ‘Significant challenges’ ahead for Scottish higher education as graduate debt set to almost double

Over the next three years, university debt in the country is set to rise from £11,281 per student to around £20,000.  However, the cost north of the border pales in comparison to that of graduates in England who are now leaving with estimated debts of almost £45,000 since the tripling of...

Wonkhe - Struggling finances and brain drain afflicting Northern Irish HE

Policy blog Wonkhe explains the HE system in Northern Ireland, and the issues it faces. Wonkhe says "there is still a great deal of change afoot for higher education policy, even before you consider the impact of Brexit." Read more: ...

Independent Review of Technical Education report

Several media report on the report by the Independent Review of Technical Education , chaired by Lord Sainsbury, and accompanying BIS Post-16 Skills Plan , which focus "primarily on ‘technical’ pathways as distinct from ‘academic’ and higher education pathways" according to HE blog...

Wonkhe - Understanding the alternative HE sector: the first HESA release

HESA has released its “Experimental Statistical First Release (SFR)” of Undergraduate Designated Courses at Alternative Providers. Collected in collaboration with BIS and HEFCE, the data covers 63 of the largest HE providers outside of publicly funded universities and colleges. ...

Guardian - UK social science will be dealt a serious blow by Brexit

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has created huge uncertainty for the entire research community - including social scientists. At stake is not just the loss of research funding – about £1bn a year, and 30% more than the UK puts into EU research budgets – but also our access to networks...

Guardian - Don't turn students into consumers – the US proves it's a recipe for disaster

A J Angulo, the author of Diploma Mills: How For-Profit Colleges Stiffed Students, Taxpayers and the American Dream , writes in the Guardian that UK government policy says: "We should open the [HE] industry to competition. Reduce the support universities receive from government. Increase the...

BBC - Universities take a knock post-Brexit

European academic bodies are pulling back from research collaboration with UK academics, amid post-Brexit uncertainty about the future of UK higher education. While post-Brexit Britain might remain inside the European research funding system, academics in other countries are nervous about...

BBC - Careers advice: Downgrade schools with poor service, MPs urge

Schools offering substandard careers advice should be downgraded in Ofsted inspections, MPs have said. Poor careers provision in England's schools was depriving young people of the chance to consider job options and harming the economy, the MPs said. Ministers must incentivise improvement,...

BBC - 'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years'

Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says Daphne Koller, chief executive of Coursera, a leading US online university network. The BBC reports:  www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36703778

Independent - Brexit: Maastricht University warns UK students to apply as soon as possible while tuition fees are still affordable

A top European university is warning UK students to apply as soon as they can if they want to continue enjoying low tuition fees before Britain officially leaves the European Union. Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands has said British students will continue to benefit from fees of...