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Belfast Telegraph - Mental health: Students told to mind how they go

The number of young people struggling with mental health problems increases dramatically when they go to university and this has led to a new move to support students while they are in the higher education system. Research by the Ulster University, which is part of a global study into student...

BBC - Take time to find a job, students urged

Students should not worry about finding a job while studying for their degree, says the outgoing head of university admissions service Ucas. Mary Curnock Cook, who steps down at the end of April, suggests students may need down time after their finals. Read about her throughts, as shared...

Independent - If the UK wants to remain a key global player after Brexit, the intake of foreign students must be protected

In this comment piece in the Indy, economic and cultural reasons for continuing to attract foreign students are laid out. Read them here:  www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-theresa-may-international-students-tuition-fees-economy-boost-eu-a7697636.html

The Cambridge Student - National student boycott invalidates National Student Survey data

A student boycott of the National Student Survey (NSS) is thought to have invalidated the results of the survey for at least 9 UK universities. The National Union of Students claims to have seen correspondence revealing that completion rates were as low as 27.5% at Russell Group universities...

Times Higher - Is the traditional research university doomed to extinction in a digital age?

With overcrowded lecture theatres the norm in undergraduate education today, online delivery has entirely replaced lectures and seminars in some institutions. So where to in the coming decade? Warren Bebbington, in the Times Higher, outlines a survival strategy for the increasingly unaffordable...

Telegraph - UK in skills crisis as young workers struggle with reading and maths

Britain is facing a severe skills shortage as poor education at schools followed by weak training for adults has left young workers struggling to meet basic standards for reading and maths. Almost every other developed country has had more success in building a skilled workforce, leaving the...

Wonkhe - General Election announcement casts uncertainty on future of HE Bill

If Parliament votes in favour of a snap General Election, it will be scheduled to formally dissolve on May 3rd, twenty-five working days before the election. We will now enter a period of ‘wash up’, where legislation currently sitting at an advanced stage on Parliament’s books will...

Telegraph - Britain poised to lead a 21st century space race with the country’s first 'space campus'

Britain is poised to lead a 21st century space race with the country’s first “space campus” set to open by 2020. Space data and satellite technology - which can be used to provide navigation for cars or ships, images that can help with weather forecasting and agriculture, satellite...

Independent - Theresa May faces rebellion from her own MPs over foreign student numbers

Theresa May is facing a damaging Commons revolt next week by Conservative MPs who are pressing her to remove foreign students from the immigration figures. Rebel Tories claim they have enough support to inflict a humiliating defeat on Ms May, who is also under pressure from several cabinet...

Guardian - How can universities tackle religious discrimination?

Kristin Aune, senior research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, writes in the Guardian about the obstacles to tackling religious discrimination at university, and how they can be overcome. Read it here: ...

Universities UK - New ComRes poll: majority of British public would like to see the same number or more international students

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of the British public would like to see the same number or more international students coming to study in the UK, after discovering the contribution they make to the economy and the jobs they generate. The findings were revealed in a new poll conducted by ComRes...

Scotsman - Poll: Most Scots want international students to work in UK

A large majority of Scots wish to see international students find jobs in the UK rather than return to their home countries upon graduation, a ComRes survey commissioned by Universities UK has found. Read more in the Scotsman: ...

Wonkhe - The end of the binary divide: reflections on 25 years of the 1992 Act

Amid much scoffing, and apparently to the unending distaste of some commentators, the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 brought to an end the binary policy for higher education in the UK (as well as marking the beginning of the end of a UK-wide system of higher education). Policy blog...

Guardian - Five proven hacks to help students tackle revision

The Guardian looks at techniques pupils can use to improve their long-term memory, and help them to flourish in exams. Read them here:  www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/apr/12/five-proven-hacks-to-help-students-tackle-revision

Wonkhe - Lacking creativity: Industrial strategy and the arts

Andrew McRae argues for policy blog Wonkhe that our national obsession with STEM research and skills neglects the importance of creative industries, and the subjects which teach them, to our economy. Read it here: ...

Guardian - Student loan interest rate set to rise by a third after UK inflation surge

Students appear to be paying a heavy price for the UK’s inflation surge after the Brexit vote, which will drive the interest rate on their loans up by a third to 6.1%. The rise in inflation, driven by a decline in the value of the pound since June, means students will be charged substantially...

Management Today - UK universities are going online to beat Brexit

Under pressure to curb migration, and despite the concerns of industry and universities, the government has been reluctant to remove international students from the official migration statistics or loosen visa rules that put some of the world’s best and brightest students off studying here....

Times Higher - Young University Rankings 2017: top 50 Generation Y universities

Asian universities make up 20 of the top 50 institutions established in the late 1980s and 1990s, while the UK and Australia dominate, in the latest THE rankings. Read more (registration/paywall): ...

Independent - Peking university to open new campus in Oxford next year

A Chinese university named one of the best higher education institutions in the world is to open a new campus in the UK next year. Peking University will open a branch of its Beijing HSBC Business School in Oxford just a few miles from the UK’s top ranking institution, Chinese financial...

The Conversation - Six things you need to know about the Higher Education Bill

The Higher Education and Research Bill is due to be read for the third time in the House of Lords, where peers will vote on their amended version. Although this is the final reading of the bill in the Lords, its parliamentary journey may not be over. This is because of the likely prospect of...

Guardian - New levy and tougher rules signal apprenticeship shakeup

"The new levy and tougher rules on what qualifies as an apprenticeship have been billed by the government as a way to plug Britain’s skills gaps, boost social mobility and raise productivity," says the Guardian. "Some feel the levy is simply another burden on top of business rates bills,...

Guardian - Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut

The Guardian says: "The government has been criticised for its restrictions to personal independence payments, which will block 165,000 people, primarily with mental health problems, from the benefit. But another obscure rule of the benefit is quietly going under the radar – one that is leaving...

Wonkhe - Higher education must learn from other sectors on living with a regulator

"The Higher Education and Research Bill goes to great pains to respect, and now potentially to codify, the principle and protection of the institutional autonomy of higher education institutions," says Jonathan Nicholls, Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education) at Shakespeare...

Guardian - Use gender-sensitive language or lose marks, university students told

Students at Hull University face losing marks on essays unless they employ “gender-sensitive” language. Documents obtained under freedom of information legislation show undergraduates at the university have been advised that “language is important and highly symbolic” and informed they should...

Wonkhe - Education for a career must take precedence over training for a job

Professor David Phoenix, Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University and chair of MillionPlus, writes for policy blog Wonkhe that "we need to address the historically neglected professional and technical skills shortages hampering employers and dragging down national productivity." Read...

Guardian University Awards 2017: the winners

The winners of the Guardian's 2017 University Awards have been announced. To see all the winners across the many categories, go here:  www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/30/guardian-university-awards-2017 That page also has a link to an "ideas bank" of all the...

Times Higher - 'Nudging' encourages students to apply to leading universities

"It has been applied to everything from reducing levels of smoking to reminding people that they need to fill in their tax returns on time," says the THE. "Now new research suggests that “nudge theory” can also help to widen access to highly selective universities." A study conducted by...

Times Higher - Declining UK business research funding concentrated among elite

Two-thirds of all UK business and management research income over the past three years went to just 20 business schools, as the decline in overall funding continued. Of the £193 million that was invested in business school research between 2013-14 and 2015-16, £123 million (64 per cent) went...

BBC - Teacher encouragement 'gives pupils long-term boost'

Encouragement from teachers is key to keeping pupils engaged with education after the age of 16, suggests a study of more than 4,000 students in England. Middle-ability students and those whose parents lack qualifications benefit most from positive feedback, according to the Cambridge...

Independent - University tuition fees in England now the highest in the world, new analysis suggests

University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found. The average annual cost of £9,188, makes it significantly more than higher education in the US, where the average student pays $9,410 (£7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan...