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Telegraph - Moving to university has devastating effect on childhood social circles, according to Oxford University study

Leaving home to study at university has a devastating impact on friendship groups, with students losing 40 per cent of friends every six months, Oxford University has found. Researchers discovered that original social circles rapidly deteriorated when people could not get home to...

Telegraph - Oxford University set to break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus - after France offers Brexit sweetener

Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, according to the Telegraph. In an exclusive story, the paper says French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would...

Independent/BBC - UK's most disadvantaged teenagers four times less likely to apply for university than better off peers

Teenagers from the most disadvantaged areas of the UK are four times less likely to apply for university than their more socially advantaged peers, the Independent reports. Statistics suggest a young person’s chances of applying for a degree course depend heavily on where they live, with the...

Telegraph - Universities admit students who are 'almost illiterate', lecturers warn

Universities are admitting students who are “almost illiterate”, lecturers warn as they complain that dropping entry requirements has led to a generation of undergraduates who cannot read, write or speak proper English. Almost half of academics (48 per cent) do not think that students are...

Telegraph - University of Glasgow gets green light for £1 billion expansion project

The University of Glasgow has been given the green light to launch one the biggest educational expansion projects in the country. Town hall chiefs have granted planning permission for a £1 billion expansion in the city’s West End, on the site of a former hospital. The expansion project...

Times Higher - Physical campus qualities ‘impact retention and graduation’

US universities with the best physical campus environments tend to have stronger student retention and graduation rates, according to research. A study looking at the qualities of US campuses found that physical campus characteristics can impact student satisfaction and academic performance. ...

Times Higher - Oxbridge’s contribution to science ‘overrated’

Oxbridge’s contribution to science is overestimated while the impact of technical-focused institutions is overlooked, suggests new analysis on where the UK’s most eminent scientists were educated. Surveying the educational backgrounds of about 300 scientists who became fellows of the Royal...

Telegraph - More than 90 percent of universities are restricting free speech, study finds

More than 90 percent of British universities have been involved in restricting free speech on campus this year, a new survey claims. In the last year alone, 21 universities have banned high profile speakers from attending lectures, debates or speeches because of their views, including...

Guardian - The 10 best cities in the world to be a student 2017 – in pictures

University experts QS have released their annual student cities rankings, based on criteria including affordability, student experience, job prospects and friendliness to international students. The Guardian has them here: ...

Wonkhe - You only get what you pay for. Or do you?

Jim Dickinson, Chief Executive of Union of UEA Students and formerly a long-standing senior Director at the National Union of Students, writes for Wonkhe that students do indeed pay for a service, and that that universities should deliver the things they promised when selling themselves to...

Wonkhe - Instructed to deliver: who is Michael Barber?

Policy blog Wonkhe profiles the new Chair of the Office for Students, Sir Michael Barber who, it says, "will bring a focus on metrics, measurement and league tables". Read it here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/instructed-to-deliver-who-is-michael-barber/

Times Higher - Rediscovering the common good in higher education

More than 50 per cent of the current cohort of school-leavers in the UK, Europe and North America will attend university during their lifetimes. This is an unprecedented level of inclusion and social reach. But is it leading to more integrated societies? Simon Marginson, director of the...

Telegraph - Top universities must do more to accept poor students, higher education tsar warns

Top universities have been told they must make more effort to accept poor students, the higher education tsar has warned. The argument used by admissions tutors that disadvantaged students’ grades are not high enough “just doesn’t hold water”, Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access...

Telegraph - If we are serious about improving social mobility, universities must lend their expertise to secondary schools

Chris Wilson, Co-CEO of education charity The Brilliant Club, writes in the Telegraph: "While some institutions clearly have the appetite and expertise to run schools; others appear less keen. Given this, it is timely to point to other, less structural ways in which the higher and secondary...

Guardian - Let’s have a Branson College at Oxford and a Blair-Cameron one at Cambridge

Nick Hillman in the Guardian calls for someone, even the Government, to sponsor new Oxbridge colleges, to improve fair access there with new places available. Read it here:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/feb/07/cambridge-oxford-increase-places-elite-universities

Guardian - What would happen if a UK university went bust?

The government may soon have to decide whether it is prepared to let a university, or more than one, go to the wall, academics are warning. New data from the university admissions service, Ucas, has revealed that some are facing serious difficulties, as they lose students in the aggressive new...

Telegraph - Why Brexit won't spell the end for our European exchange programme

Pip Bartlett writes in the Telegraph that Switzerland offers an example of how, even as Britain pulls up the drawbridge and intends to remove itself from European arrangements for freedom of movement, universities may not see an end to exchanges. Read more on how the end of Erasmus may not...

Guardian - Universities minister announces sale of student loan book

The government has begun its controversial sale of the student loan book, which it expects to recoup £12bn in the long run for the exchequer, and assured graduates that they will not have to pay more.   The sale covers a tranche of £4bn of loans, which became eligible for repayment...

Independent - Number of EU students applying to UK universities falls by 7% since Brexit, latest figures reveal

Universities across the UK are experiencing a dramatic fall in applications from EU students since the Brexit vote, latest UCAS figures have revealed. UK applicant figures have also decreased to a total of 469,490 – a fall of five per cent on this time last year, and international students by...

Guardian - Nursing degree applications slump after NHS bursaries abolished

Applications by students in England to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities have fallen by 23% after the government abolished NHS bursaries, figures show. Nursing leaders said the sudden slump revealed by the latest university application data was inevitable given that...

Guardian - Glasgow School of Art's ashes turned into artworks to fund rebuild

Some of the biggest names in art, from Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, have created artworks from the ashes of Glasgow School of Art to help raise funds for the building’s restoration. The school was gutted by a fire in May 2014, and as part of an appeal towards resurrecting...

Telegraph - Oxford University leads Europe for $1bn business start-ups

Oxford University has produced more founders of $1bn business start-ups over the last decade than any other university in Europe, a new study has revealed. Since 1984, eight of the world's largest Unicorns were founded by Oxford graduates - with LinkedIn, Funding Circle and...

Guardian - University sponsors may dump deprived schools

Government plans to force universities to sponsor a state school may result in some institutions pulling out of schools in the most deprived areas, senior figures are warning. The Guardian reports:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jan/24/university-sponsor-dump-deprived-schools

Telegraph - Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable launches politics and economics course at the University of Nottingham

The former business secretary Sir Vince Cable is to lead a free online course on politics and economics. The "Massive Open Online Course" (Mooc) will look at the link between the two subjects, examining the work of major political figures and the economic ideas they adopted. The...

Wonkhe - Prudence and privilege in the HE Bill debate

Wonkhe explores some of the contradictory views in the commentary surrounding the passage of the Higher Education and Research Bill. Read it here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/prudence-and-privilege-in-the-he-bill-debate/

Wonkhe - UKIP on HE today is less nostalgic but still dangerous

Tom Bailey, a Strategic Analyst at Imperial College London, looks at UKIP's higher education policy after the publication of the party's report, Opening the British Mind . Read his critique here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/ukip-on-he-today-is-less-nostalgic-but-still-dangerous/

Wonkhe - What are Institutes of Technology and how could they work?

"Central to suggestions from both left and right [about rebuilding a divided country post referendum] has been the rebuilding of vocational educational pathways to good quality, skilled jobs – especially in those towns, cities and regions that have suffered most amidst waves of...

Times Higher - A new frontier: US academia under President Trump

The Times Higher takes a considered look at the impact on students and US scholars of Donald Trump's presidency, and the political earthquake’s potential positives. Read it here (registration/paywall): ...

BBC - Could tuition fees really cost £54,000?

With tuition fees rising to £9250, a think tanks says the cost of a degree will be £54,000 - with interest. But that's not the end of the story. Will it cost that much to go to uni? The answer the BBC gives, of course, is "maybe". Read it here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38651059

Telegraph - Government to create 200,000 new apprenticeships

The public sector needs to lead the way in equipping young people for the future, Skills Minister Robert Halfon said on Wednesday as the Government announced the creation of 200,000 new apprenticeships by 2020. Commenting on the extension of the apprenticeship programme - which saw more than...