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Wonkhe - Widening access now has a business and social imperative

UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook writes for Wonkhe: "The narrative of widening participation, access and social mobility has been subtly changing. Gone are the days of OFFA celebrating annual increases in universities’ expenditure through Access Agreements. Welcome to the world of more...

Telegraph - Medical students at University of Glasgow told to resit exam after 'collusion uncovered'

Aspiring doctors at one of Britain’s oldest medical schools have been embroiled in a cheating row after it emerged students used social media to leak details of exams. More than 270 final-year medics at the University of Glasgow were yesterday told they would have to retake their...

Eastern Daily Press - University of East Anglia launch new campaign to make Norwich a safer place for young people on a night out

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has launched a new initiative to help make Norwich a safer place for young people to enjoy a night out. The Student Community Safeguarding Partnership will bring together the university, the students’ union and external organisations to improve the way that...

Times Higher - UK universities told to put local before global post-Brexit

UK universities have been urged to prioritise their “local responsibilities” above their international links post-Brexit – but one vice-chancellor believes that more overseas campuses will “inevitably” be part of institutions’ plans. Sunder Katwala, director of British Future – a...

The Conversation - University can feel like a hostile place to Muslim students

British Muslims are among some of the most disadvantaged people living in the UK, and yet this is not a story many are familiar with. This is because despite the poverty, disadvantage and social immobility Muslims face, headlines that link the faith to crime or terrorism, or to forced marriage...

Guardian - Post-Brexit postgrads: what's in store for higher education?

Many students see postgraduate courses as an opportunity to travel and spend time in another country. Last year, 37% of postgraduates studying at UK universities came from abroad. At the same time, hundreds of British people studied for postgraduate qualifications outside the UK. But with Brexit...

Guardian - Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns

Forget multimillion-pound luxury flats on the Thames or gleaming towers overlooking Hyde Park, some of the most sought-after property investments are now student halls of residence. While sipping champagne on superyachts at the world’s largest property conference in Cannes this week,...

Times Higher - ‘Elite’ status all risk, no benefit, for universities, says study

Stripping universities of a marker of elite status hits their reputation and causes them to lose students, but the benefits of conferring it in the first place are negligible, evidence suggests. The research on Germany’s Excellence Initiative, which has been used to distribute billions...

Wonkhe - Top 10 Dumbest University Rankings Ever

Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham, lists for Wonkhe several "spectacularly awful" university rankings - ones he considers to be methodologically suspect, arbitrary, politically-motivated or just plain stupid. Read the list here: ...

BBC - Graduates aren't skilled enough, say employers

Half of employers don't think graduates have the skills to start work. The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) spoke to 174 organisations about the quality of candidates straight out of university. Chief executive of the AGR, Stephen Isherwood, says people skills and a "fundamental...

Guardian - British scientists face a ‘huge hit’ if the US cuts climate change research

UK scientists are warning they may be unable to carry out crucial research on climate change if Donald Trump cuts climate science funding in the US. The Guardian speaks to some here:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/14/british-scientists-us-climate-change-research-trump

Telegraph - Oxford leaders urge Government to guarantee rights of EU workers

L eading academics from 35 Oxford colleges have urged the Government to guarantee the rights of their European Union colleagues post-Brexit, as they warn today that some academics have already left the UK amid growing uncertainty. The Telegraph reports: ...

Guardian - Ofsted to investigate schools 'gaming system' to move up league tables

Ofsted is to launch a major investigation into schools accused of “gaming the system” by moving out pupils who would drag down their GCSE results. The Guardian reports:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/10/ofsted-to-investigate-schools-gaming-system-to-move-up-league-tables

Guardian - 'T-levels' aim to improve technical education and improve UK productivity

A new ‘T-Level’ system, which overhauls how technical education is taught and administered, aims to put the courses on an equal footing with academic work and improve Britain’s levels of productivity, which currently lag behind the United States and Germany. The plans announced in the budget...

Wonkhe - What Budget 2017 means for universities

Policy blog Wonkhe looks at some of the detail in the Budget for HE, including loans for postgrads and part-time students, funding for skills, and the impact of Sterling's value. Read it here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/policy-watch-budget-means-universities/

Times Higher - Lords defeat UK government again on TEF and private providers

The government has suffered further defeats in the House of Lords on plans in England for the teaching excellence framework and the opening up of the sector to new private providers. Earlier, peers defeated the government by passing an amendment that ensures the results of the TEF should not...

BBC - Dutch university sees post-Brexit fall in UK students

Uncertainty about Brexit may have stopped the rising trend of UK students going to a leading Dutch university. Maastricht University has seen a 6% downturn in UK students - after successive years of increases in the wake of tuition fee rises in England. Leaving the European Union could...

Guardian - World university subject rankings 2017: new stars emerge

UK universities top eight subject tables in international rankings published today by QS. The University of Sussex topples Harvard University in the development studies table, retaking the number-one position. Loughborough University, meanwhile, is ranked the world’s joint best university for...

Wonkhe - Industrial strategy: a small step, or giant leap?

Wonkhe looks at the Government's Green Paper,  Building our Industrial Strategy, and sees a mix of the old and the new in its proposals. Read its analysis of this early stage in developing an industrial strategy here: ...

Wonkhe - Sainsbury’s Delivery: Technical education, employer leadership and careers guidance

"The Chancellor’s pre-Budget reveal of new money for technical education should be welcomed widely," says Wonkhe, "not just by the editors of the Sunday papers who got their scoop. There is insufficient prestige for technical education, and there’s a need to invest to redress the balance with...

Times Higher - England's universities: '50% more cash per student than 1990'

In the past few years, universities in England have never had it so good – certainly in terms of the money they have to spend per student. That is one of the key conclusions that can be drawn from an analysis of education spending in the country by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. But...

Wonkhe - Give him credit? Course switching gets a nudge

Jo Johnson is trying to encourage credit transfer, enabling students to switch provider, through amendments to his Higher Education and Research Bill, Wonkhe says. Wonkhe looks at the history of credit transfer proposals, and the implications of the embryonic new plan here: ...

Guardian - ‘Buy for Uni’ mortgage turns students into landlords

The new “Buy for Uni” mortgage from The Loughborough Building Society promises up to 100% financing for a property purchase, as long as close relatives provide security. A similar product has been on offer through Bath Building Society for some years, but both have been met with calls for...

"Fast- track" degrees announced

Many media report on the announcement by Jo Johnson of new two-year degree courses, with fewer holidays and higher fees per year - a move widely seen as favouring "challenger" institutions. The Telegraph says: "While students are likely to incur the same tuition fees as a conventional...

Telegraph - Russell Group university to offer free tuition for disadvantaged students in bid to boost diversity

A Russell Group university is to offer free tuition for disadvantaged A-level students in a bid to boost diversity. The University of Birmingham has already dropped its entry requirements for children on its Access to Birmingham scheme, by making them offers two grades lower than...

Guardian - PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain

In a fascinating Guardian "Long Read" article, the history and influence of the renowned Oxford PPE degree gets explored and examined. The Guardian says: "Oxford University graduates in philosophy, politics and economics make up an astonishing proportion of Britain’s elite. But has it...

Independent - London university offers free course just for refugees and asylum seekers

Refugees and asylum seekers in the UK are being invited to study at a London university free of charge as part of a radical new scheme. The University of East London is to launch a new short course known as the Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) that will give refugees and asylum seekers the...

Guardian - Plan to crack down on websites selling essays to students announced

Ministers concerned about the growing scale of cheating at university have announced a crackdown on so-called “essay mill” websites that provide written-to-order papers for students to submit as part of their degrees. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, has asked student bodies and...

Independent -Oxford university reject claims they are considering post-Brexit EU campus in Paris

Oxford University has denied rumours it is to open an overseas campus in response to the Brexit vote. The development comes after The Daily Telegraph reported that French officials had spoken to senior staff at Oxford to propose a new “satellite” base in Paris, with the potential for...

Guardian Opinion - The Guardian view on vocational education: choice at 14 is not working

Seven University Technical Colleges have now announced they are closing their doors, the Guardian notes. These were intended to provide quality vocational education, combining technical and academic learning, for young people from the age of 14. But, despite the millions the government has...