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Guardian - Graduate employability ranking: the best university for getting a job

Three UK universities are among the top 20 in the world for graduate employability, according to a new ranking by higher education think tank QS. California’s Stanford University takes first place, while the University of Cambridge is the UK’s highest-ranking institution at number 5. The...

Guardian - Wales unveils means-tested university grants of up to £11,000 a year

Welsh undergraduates from the poorest families will receive maintenance grants of up to £11,000 a year in return for taking on the full cost of university tuition fees, as Wales overhauls its student funding. Kirsty Williams, Wales’s education secretary, announced that the country’s universal...

Telegraph - Students relying on payday loans to fund university, research finds

A third of students rely on credit cards and payday loans to fund their university education, new research from Future Finance has found. According to a survey of 1,000 full-time students, 31 per cent have turned to credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans to cover university...

BBC - Oxford University to launch first online 'Mooc' course

Oxford University has announced its first "massive open online course" - or so-called Mooc - in a partnership with a US online university network. It is going to run an economics course partnered with online platform edX, set up by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology....

Independent - Brexit blamed for rise in foreign student ‘no-shows’ at top business schools

EU students are failing to turn up for their studies this term as a result of Brexit, UK business schools have warned. One in six UK business schools has reported an increase in the number of “no show” undergraduate students for the 2016–17 academic year, with some institutions reporting a...

Wonkhe - Universities must get their public reputations in order

Ben Verinder, managing director of Chalkstream Communications (an agency specialising in reputation and market research, consultancy and training in the education, publishing and technology sectors) writes for policy blog Wonkhe: "Reputations, though complex, fractured and implicit, are often...

Telegraph - Degree apprenticeships awarded multi-million pound fund

A multi-million pound fund has been awarded to universities and colleges across England to offer degree apprenticeships to students starting in September 2017. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded £4.5 million to create 5,200 apprentice opportunities with...

Indepoendent - Student Finance loans 'illegal and unenforceable', says top lawyer

Government student loans are “illegal” and “unenforceable”, a top lawyer has said, arguing that graduates must be reimbursed for signing misleading contracts at extortionate interest rates.  Students graduating from university this year face rates of 4.6 per cent on government loans,...

Independent - Theresa May must repay Cameron’s illegal student loans

The Independent says: "When introduced in 1998, government student loans were relatively fair. Since then, they have changed so much they have become illegal: tested in court, they’d be ruled unenforceable – in whole or part. "So what has happened? Under the Conservative government, extortive...

Guardian - Cambridge students build a 'lawbot' to advise sexual assault victims

While volunteering at a school sexual consent class, Ludwig Bull, a law student at the University of Cambridge, was inspired to build a chatbot that offers free legal advice to students. He enlisted the help of four coursemates, and Lawbot was designed and built in just six weeks. The program...

Wonkhe - Unpaid Internships – it’s still not what you know

 In 2014 the Sutton Trust found that a six month unpaid London internship costs a minimum of £926 per month and called for the national minimum wage to be paid to all interns. Ending unpaid work experience would improve social mobility and life chances, Wonkhe argues here: ...

Guardian - James Dyson launches new university to bridge engineering skills gap

Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson is to put his money where his mouth is by helping to bridge Britain’s chronic skills gap with the launch of a new university. Dyson is ploughing £15m over the next five years into the Dyson Institute of Technology as he looks to double his...

Independent - Brexit will make UK universities more expensive, says Vince Cable

The cost of going to university is about to become even more expensive as a result of the Brexit vote, the former business secretary Sir Vince Cable has warned. Concerns have been growing over the future of university funding since the referendum vote took place, with academics expressing...

Times Higher - Degree courses ‘need adapting for commuter students’

Academics must do more to adapt courses for the growing number of “commuter students” who travel long distances to campus each day, new research suggests. Undergraduates who commute think that much more could be done to alter course content, assessment or extracurricular activities to...

BBC - Government 'must act to improve careers provision'

Ministers have been accused of "burying their heads in the sand" over the poor state of careers education and advice for teenagers in England's schools. The House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy calls on the government to publish a "long-promised" strategy for...

Telegraph - Oxford and Cambridge still struggle with an elitist image - will this ever change?

In a survey by the Sutton Trust released in October, 13 per cent of state school teachers said they would not advise students to apply to Oxbridge because they were concerned they wouldn’t be happy, or felt they were unlikely to be accepted. The Telegraph looks at how the elitist image of...

Guardian - Education bill scrapped after series of reversals

The government has said it is dropping the education bill unveiled in this year’s Queen’s speech, abandoning several proposals that had proved to be unpopular. However, it said it would press ahead with plans for more grammar schools. The bill was introduced in March by Nicky Morgan, then...

BBC - A levels choice 'reduced by funding squeeze'

Funding pressures mean pupils at sixth-form colleges in England must choose from an increasingly narrow range of A-level subjects, a study has found. The Sixth Form Colleges Association's annual survey suggests two-thirds of colleges have had to drop courses. Over half (58%) have also...

Guardian - UK university applications from EU down by 9%, says Ucas

The number of EU students applying for places on some of the most sought-after courses in the UK’s leading universities has dropped by 9%, according to Ucas, which administers university entry. The data applies to a limited number of courses with an earlier application deadline of 15 October...

Wonkhe - Family capital, retention and student wellbeing

Wonkhe takes a look at the importance of parental involvement in student wellbeing. Read it here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/family-capital-retention-and-student-wellbeing/

Wonkhe - International recruitment and TEF: modelling the Amber warnings

Policy blog Wonkhe says there are signs that the Teaching Excellence Framework could be used to restrict international student numbers. It looks at the institutions that could be most at risk, here: ...

Guardian - Angry student judges refuse to pick winner of accommodation awards

The publication Property Week has been forced to withdraw a category from their student accommodation awards, after a handpicked panel of students refused to choose a winner in protest over increasing rent prices. The 10 students were invited by Property Week to judge a shortlist of providers...

Independent - Boys read less than girls and skip more pages in books, studies find

Girls are better at reading than boys, new research has suggested, and male children are more likely to miss sections from books or skip pages entirely. Boys are also more likely to read non-fiction, but in a more lazy fashion than girls. The research, conducted by Keith Topping, Professor...

Guardian - We are competing with universities worldwide – and we may well lose

Our international competitors will be overjoyed if we make it easier for them to thrive, says Chris Husbands in the Guardian. Read the opinion piece here:  www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/oct/25/we-are-competing-with-universities-worldwide-and-we-are-going-to-lose

Times Higher - Should student attendance in classes be compulsory?

Students have sweated to get the grades and paid hefty tuition fees, so you might imagine that university attendance today would be fairly close to 100 per cent. Many academics, however, will testify that is not the case. Undergraduates still regularly skip not just lectures but also...

Independent - Country with the cleverest graduates in the world revealed

British graduates are falling behind their Japanese, and European counterparts, a new analysis of student performances from across the world has revealed. England and the United States may have dominated this year’s top university rankings, but test results published by...

Telegraph - Which Russell Group universities have the highest offer rates?

"According to data published by Ucas," the Telegraph says, "some 19,040 people applied to Oxford last year, of which, just 3,230 places were accepted. At the University of Cambridge there are, on average, five applicants for every place. "Not that prospective...

Independent - Cutting creative A-Levels allows arts industry to be 'dominated by the wealthy elite'

'I have serious concerns about the consequences this decision will have on the whole art industry,' says Dr Janina Ramirez in the Independent. Read her thoughts here: ...

Independent - A-levels dropped: Read the full list of culled subjects

"News that the last exam board to offer a-level courses in History of Art has decided to drop the subject has been met with great concern from those in the industry," says the Independent. "A number of subjects are being axed in England, following a series of reforms by the Department for...

Universities UK - New report outlines recommendations to improve social mobility in higher education

A new report today has made a series of recommendations for universities, schools, colleges and employers to improve social mobility in higher education in England. The report reflects the work of an advisory group which brought together universities, employers, schools, colleges and...