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Independent - Brexit: De Montfort University petition urges Government to protect residency rights of EU nationals

Students and staff at De Montfort University (DMU) are urging the Government not to force or encourage EU nationals working in the UK’s higher education sector to leave the country in the wake of the Brexit result. The Independent explains: ...

Telegraph - The role of universities is changing - we can't just focus on academia

"As the country struggles to resolve its relationship with the EU, one thing we know for sure is that improving UK productivity and competitiveness is now more important than ever. And that depends on graduates with the right skills and mindset to compete in the high-tech global knowledge...

Guardian - Top playwrights join fight to save drama in schools

Patrick Marber and James Graham, two of Britain’s most highly regarded playwrights, are calling for drama to keep its place in schools, ahead of a parliamentary debate on curriculum changes. The Guardian reports: ...

Telegraph - Thousands of graduates working as lollipop ladies, factory workers and hospital porters

Over 50,000 new graduates are in non-graduate jobs, including lollypop ladies, factory workers and hospital porters, new figures showed, as experts questioned the value of a university degree. Non-professional roles included jobs as secretaries and clerks but close to 10,000 graduates...

Wonkhe - Sandwich placements can unlock social mobility

Successful strategies for social mobility are dependent on students’ experiences while they are at and after they leave university, and not just on their socio-economic characteristics and qualifications on entry. Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University and...

Times Higher - Higher fees under TEF 'would put disadvantaged students off HE'

Students from disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to reconsider going to university as tuition fees rise under the teaching excellence framework, research suggests. A survey of 1,490 English school and college students aged between 17 and 19 conducted by the National...

Times Higher - Jo Johnson tries to reassure on pan-European collaboration

The universities minister Jo Johnson has said that he would fight “discrimination” against UK researchers applying for European Union grants after last week’s Brexit vote threw British participation in schemes such as Horizon 2020 into confusion. Read more in the THE...

Guardian - Brexit has sparked an identity crisis in UK universities

Andy Westwood, professor of politics at University of Winchester, writes in the Guardian about what might change and what will stay the same in the wake of the referendum:  www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/ jun /30/brexit-has-sparked-an-identity-crisis-in-uk-universities

BBC - European referendum: Pupils 'fear being forced out'

Young pupils from European backgrounds fear they may be forced to leave Britain, heads are warning in an open letter to the Prime Minister. National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby says many are fearful of a potential rise in racism and community conflict. The...

BBC - Italian PM suggests UK students could have EU passports

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has suggested that UK students wanting to study in Europe could receive passports from other European Union countries. He was responding to concerns that UK students might find it more difficult to study at European universities after the referendum vote. ...

Independent - University of Law to offer out-of-work graduates half their tuition fees back in cash

A university has promised to offer graduates half their tuition fees back in cash if they don’t land a job nine months after completing their studies. The University of Law (ULaw) says its new ‘100% for You’ initiative will also offer a half-price discount to its out-of-work graduate lawyers...

Independent - Disadvantaged young people at risk of being put off university if Government raises tuition fees, warns report

Non-white young people and those from the poorest backgrounds will be put off going to university if the Government follows through with plans to further raise tuition fees, warns the new Does Cost Matter? report by the National Education Opportunities Network and supported by the...

Times Higher - UK researchers face uncertainty over EU grant applications

UK academics could face dwindling chances of winning European research grants following the vote to leave the European Union last week, according to the former president of the European Research Council. The THE reports (registration/paywall): ...

Telegraph - Brexit shows how much we need international education

John Walmsley, the Principal at UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major, South Wales, writes in the Telegraph: "As an international educator in charge of more than 350 students from over 90 countries, you’d be forgiven for thinking I feel the vote was a disaster. But even though around 25 per...

Guardian - MPs to debate student loan costs after petition

A petition opposing a retrospective rise in the cost of student loans is to be debated in parliament after obtaining 120,000 signatures in just a few days. However the chance of a U-turn by the government is low, as it has already set out its objections to the petition and its justification...

Sixth Tone - Chinese Students See Value in British Education as Pound Plummets

Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone looks at the appeal of a cheaper Britain for Chinese students:   www.sixthtone.com/news/chinese-students-see-value-british-education-pound-plummets

The Coversation - Brexit: the aftermath for universities and students

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has been met with shock and apprehension by universities, academics and students across the country. University leaders became increasingly worried about the possibility of a Brexit as the poll neared. But now, with the result in and Britain destined to...

Guardian - How can universities prepare for a post-Brexit world?

"What’s going to happen now? What does Brexit mean for us? The simple, but unhelpful, answer is that we don’t know," says  Mike Boxall, h igher education expert at PA Consulting Group, in the Guardian. He tries to find a way forward here: ...

Wonkhe - Two takes in the HE Bill

Policy blog Wonkhe carries two views on the future of the HE Bill in the wake of Brexit. Mark Leach, founder of Wonkhe, argues:  In this time of chaos, the HE Bill should be paused Meanwhile, Gordon McKenzie, chief executive of Guild HE, says:  The HE Bill is not dead and should...

Guardian - Universities have survived wars and dictatorships. They will survive this too

Nick Hillman writes in the Guardian: "The referendum will be regarded as a good day for Ukip and a bad day for British universities. But it is not as simple as that. Ukip is itself the child of a UK university. Its first leader, Alan Sked, was the LSE’s head of European studies. In that role, he...

bbc - Funding honoured for EU students in UK

Students from the European Union starting university courses in the UK this autumn will have their student loans funding honoured and those EU students who are already attending UK universities will continue to receive financial support. A statement from the Student Loans Company says that...

Brexit roundup II

The Independent looks at what B rexit might mean for UK unis and students. It says UCL is among first to confirm  it will not change tuition fees for EU students next year, and European University Association says British institutions are - and remain - 'an essential...

Telegraph - Top universities send teachers to primary schools to 'raise aspirations of pupils'

State school pupils as young as seven are being offered extra lessons by university tutors to fill in the gaps in their knowledge before it is too late. Classes on the Vikings, classics, philosophy, brain science and speaking and listening skills are aimed at giving children from deprived...

Brexit roundup

A few media start looking at the implications of Brexit for the UK's universities and students today. The Times Higher asks: Life after Brexit: what next for British universities? (registration/paywall) and says Europe's scholars, at least, should try to stick together. And in this...

Times Higher - Mock TEF results revealed: a new hierarchy emerges

The Times Higher Education’s data team modelled the potential results of the TEF for 120 UK universities using the three supposed core aspects of teaching performance that the government recently confirmed it will measure in the early stages of the TEF: graduate employment, student retention and...

Wonkhe - Transparency revolution: Is there bias in university admissions? Part II

Policy blog Wonkhe returns to UCAS’s new release of institutional admissions data, and goes deeper into what the data reveals about university admissions broken down by socio-eonomic background, ethnicity and sex. Read it here: ...

BBC - Will Ofsted be less independent without Wilshaw?

Apart from some rubber stamping - or an unforeseen political earthquake - the next Ofsted head will be Amanda Spielman, who has been formally recommended by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. The BBC asks whether the departure of Sir Michael Wilshaw means Ofsted will be less...

Telegraph - Why are we so complacent about our skills for the future?

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, says in the Telegraph: " The World Economic Forum recently warned that in the next five years we could lose more than 7million jobs worldwide due to redundancy, automation or disintermediation . "Equally, we are expecting to...

Independent - For universities to improve ‘customer experience’, they must reform internal processes to improve communication, convenience, security

For all the severity of government cuts - and for all the supposed academic deficiencies - students have other reasons to doubt their university experience provides good value for money, says the Independent. Read their analysis here: ...

Times Higher - EU referendum: academics see immigration as ‘hugely positive’

Those working in UK higher education tend to see immigration and freedom of movement within the European Union as positives, citing them as key reasons to back continued membership of the bloc, responses to the Times Higher Education survey suggest. The THE has more...