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Telegraph - Surge in Eastern European students awarded UK university places ahead of Brexit vote, figures show

Students from Eastern European countries who were awarded places at British universities surged by up to 50 per cent ahead of the Brexit vote which threatens to stop migrants from cashing in on tax-payer backed loans. The number of European Union (EU) students accepted on courses rose to...

Guardian - Number of foreign undergrads at UK universities decreases

The number of international students accepted as undergraduates at UK universities has gone down for the first time in five years, according to the higher education admissions service, Ucas. The Guardian reports: ...

Bristol University to lower entry grades for disadvantaged students

Many media carry the story that Bristol University "has announced plans to lower entry grades for disadvantaged students, as figures show the gulf between rich and poor pupils winning degree places has reached record levels," as the Guardian puts it. The Guardian's story is here: ...

Telegraph - Help low-income students or lose the right to charge higher fees, social mobility tsar tells universities

Universities should be stripped of the right to charge £9,000 fees if they fail to admit poorer students and help them to get a job when they leave, the Government's social mobility tsar has warned. Alan Milburn  called on ministers to toughen up rules which allow universities to hike...

Guardian - UK considers plans to nearly halve international student visas

The Home Office is considering cutting international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, Education Guardian can reveal. The threat is being greeted with dismay by university heads, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on spurious grounds. The...

Independent - Brexit could push UK universities 'off a cliff edge', major committee report warns

Brexit poses “major challenges” to the UK’s higher education system, and could push the reputation of British universities off a “cliff edge”, leading academics and influencers have warned, according to the Independent. Written evidence published by the House of Commons Education Committee...

BBC - Most students' predicted A-levels 'wrong'

Only 16% of university applicants achieve the grades their teachers predict, research suggests. Analysis of the results of 1.3 million young people over a three-year period found 75% had been given overly optimistic predictions by schools. The BBC has more: ...

Guardian - The best places to study for a degree in Europe

The Guardian says: "Studying abroad is a fun way to grow up. You travel. You meet new people. You get out of your comfort zone. It shows you’re willing to get out, leave your home town, and go see the world." Its roundup of what it considers to be the best destinations is here: ...

Wonkhe - Could TEF be good news for disabled students?

"The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) will have a major impact on how disabled students are supported at university," says policy blog Wonkhe. The Disabled Students’ Allowance funds individual students’ support at university, directly from the government. Cuts mean universities must do...

Pisa rankings - The best countries in the world to get an education

Singapore has the top performing pupils in the world for maths, science and literacy skills, according to the latest results from the presitigous Programme for International Assessment (Pisa). The BBC says: "The UK remains a middle-ranking performer - behind countries such as Japan, Estonia,...

Guardian - Poorer white pupils underperform in later academic choices – study

Students from white British backgrounds are often holding themselves back by making poor educational choices, with many shutting themselves out of better careers as a result, according to a study for the government’s social mobility watchdog. Researchers found that as much as half of the gap...

Guardian - Judge allows Oxford graduate's £1m high court battle to proceed

A graduate has won a round in his £1m legal battle over his failure to get a first from Oxford University. Faiz Siddiqui alleges the “appallingly bad” teaching he received on the Indian special subject part of his modern history course resulted in him only getting an upper second degree when...

Wonkhe - Busting five common myths about the TEF

Chris Husbands, vice chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University and chair of the TEF, writes for policy blog Wonkhe. He insists the Teaching Excellence Framework is not all about metrics, is not biased against certain types of institution and does encourage institutions to take student views...

Universities UK - New programme to address mental health and wellbeing in universities

Universities UK has launched a new programme of work to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff in higher education. The aim of the project is to develop a mental health framework for universities to embed mental health and wellbeing across all university...

Wonkhe - Prior attainment, gender gaps and other lessons from LEO

The government has released new Longitudinal Earnings Outcome (LEO) data. Policy blog Wonkhe says: "It’s a rich data set which asks more questions than it answers. However, there’s a great deal of interesting early conclusions to draw." It finds some initial out-takes, including the...

Telegraph - Scottish universities warn they are at 'tipping point' following SNP funding cuts

Scotland’s universities have delivered an extraordinary warning that they are at a “tipping point” following deep SNP funding cuts and cannot continue to provide a “diversity” of excellence. Universities Scotland, their umbrella group, told a Holyrood inquiry that their public funding has...

Guardian - Brexit a 'significant risk' to income of universities

British universities have been warned that Brexit presents a significant risk to their income, after a year in which a bumper crop of postgraduate students, campus construction and rising research income lifted their turnover to £30bn. The annual report by the Association of University...

Guardian - Ofsted chief calls for radical shakeup to close widening skills gap

Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for a radical shakeup of education for those who do not go on to university, using his last speech as chief inspector of schools in England to warn of a skills gap threatening the country’s prosperity. The Guardian has more on his views here: ...

Guardian - Art history A-level saved after high-profile campaign

Just weeks after it was announced that art history A-level was to be dropped – an act described by the historian Simon Schama as “a big dull axe wielded by cultural pygmies” – the government has said that the qualification will be saved after all.   An array of leading figures from...

Times Higher - BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017: results announced

India has increased its share of the top universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, but China still has the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world. The Indian Institute of Science breaks into the top 15 for the...

Wonkhe - Is the government picking favourites for university-led teacher training?

Stephanie Harris, Policy Officer to the Vice Chancellor at Bath Spa University, writes that a lack of transparency in the allocations of Initial Teacher Training places is giving rise to suspicions that the Government is favouring institutions it perceives to be "high quality" over...

BBC - 10 ways to be the cleverest country

This week Singapore was rated as the best in the world for maths and science - and next week the OECD will publish its PISA test international rankings. So what does it take to get into the international education winners' enclosure? East Asian countries tend to take most of the top spots....

Guardian - Should universities take control of schools? The government thinks so

In September, the government proposed that all universities should be required to take over or set up a school in exchange for charging higher fees. Each school would be expected to receive an Ofsted rating of “good” or “outstanding” within a number of years, while over time the university would...

Telegraph - Two thirds of students influenced by north-south divide in university choice

Almost two thirds of students are influenced by the north-south divide and "regional rivalries" when it comes to choosing a university. According to new research by The Student Room, an online community for students, universities in the south of England are the most popular...

Wonkhe - Turning students into citizens: a charter for active citizenship

GuildHE, together with NUS, have launched a report which highlights the powerful role higher education plays in developing students as active citizens – engaged members of society who volunteer, vote and campaign to bring about change on issues they feel passionate about. Policy blog...

Independent - Free speech is at grave risk on university campuses

In an opinion piece the Indy says: "The news that students at City, University of London have voted to ban The Sun, Daily Mail and Express newspapers from its campus – a ban which could be extended to other media organisations – is just the latest example of how free...

Guardian - 'We're looking for raw intelligence': law tutors share Oxbridge interview tips

"December brings not only the countdown to Christmas, but a nerve-wracking time for the students invited to interview for a place to study law at Oxbridge and several other universities," says the Guardian. "So if you are one of the chosen few, how can you give yourself the best chance of...

Guardian - School for teenage codebreakers to open in Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, the top-secret site for World War 2 codebreaking, is planning a new school for the next generation of cyber code-crackers in order to plug a huge skills gap in what is fast emerging as the biggest security threat to 21st-century Britain.   The College of National...

Wonkhe - Autumn Statement stems the tide but points to dicey years ahead

Policy blog Wonkhe looks at the Chancellor's budget announcement this week and says: "Out of the new £23 billion for the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), £4.7 billion will go to science and innovation between 2017 and 2021. The extra annual spend will increase gradually...

BBC - Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now?

Online courses have often simply transported the classic lecture format to an internet audience. The BBC looks at why the lecture has refused to go away:  www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38058477