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Under-the-bonnet work on our website has prevented us from doing news updates over the summer - sorry we haven't been able to bring them to you. As of today, they're back.

Wonke - University-sponsored schools not guaranteed to make the grade

Theresa May has proposed requiring, in future access agreements, universities and independent schools to do more to help improve outcomes at individual state schools. But, Wonkhe says, "the real imperative for the push towards mandatory participation in the schools programme comes from other...

Guardian - Government urged to protect EU Erasmus student exchange scheme

David Davis is being urged to protect a £112m EU student exchange scheme, due to fears the UK will be locked out of the programme after Brexit. The Erasmus programme’s leaders fear it will not be front of mind in Brexit negotiations and the scheme, which has been going for 30 years, will...

Telegraph - Bringing back grammar schools won't bring back the decent job opportunities there once were

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, argues in the Telegraph: " The people who benefitted most from the old educational system are those who got jobs that either no longer exist now or which today you need a degree to have any chance of getting...

Independent - Loughborough University producing most top Olympic athletes

The Indy says: "Students dreaming of being able to represent Great Britain at the Olympics one day had better head to Loughborough University as it’s been named as the institution to have produced the most top athletes at Rio this year. "Of the 382 members of Team GB, including reserves, the...

BBC - University of St Andrews chief defends admissions policy

The head of admissions at the University of St Andrews said it had a good "student diversity" policy without having to be a "charitable venture". Mike Johnson said the elite Fife institution had outreach programmes which connected with local communities. But recent figures showed that the...

Independent - ‘No significant progress’ being made on improving retention rates at English universities

No progress is being made in reducing dropout rates among students at universities across England, according to new research by the Social Market Foundation and student recruitment consultancy Hobsons. Findings have shown retention rates have barely moved since the 2009/10 academic...

Independent - Oxford offers highest number of places to state school students in 40 years

Oxford University will take in a higher proportion of state school educated pupils this year than it has for the past four decades. Six in 10 of the applicants offered a place at the university this year will have attended state school, marking a rise of nearly four per cent of state-educated...

Wonkhe - The HE market for hopes and dreams: UCAS on results day

Policy blog Wonkhe goes behind the scenes at UCAS on A level results day, to see how it all works. Read their account of this big and complex operation here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/analysis-he-market-for-hopes-and-dreams-at-ucas-on-results-day/

Financial Times - Third of foreign students less likely to come to UK after Brexit

More than a third of international students say they are now less likely to study at a UK university following last month’s vote to leave the EU, a survey has found. Of 1,014 students surveyed this month by Hobsons, a careers advisory service, 30 per cent said they were less likely to study...

BBC - University research needs 'public impact'

University research should have more impact with the wider public, says a review of how billions of pounds of UK research funding is awarded. Economist Lord Nicholas Stern has published a review of how to measure the quality of university research. The BBC reports: ...

Times Higher - Could ‘free movement for scientists’ preserve EU funding access?

The UK should consider whether it could retain access to European research funding post-Brexit by allowing freedom of movement for scientists but not the rest of the population, a conference heard. Dame Ann Glover, vice-principal for external affairs at the University of...

Guardian - Brexit exposed deep rifts in Britain. Universities can help heal them

The Guardian says: "Today, the role of higher education in supporting social progress is still often seen simply through the lens of access. But there is a huge amount that institutions are doing to support and empower communities beyond the campus, directly addressing some of the toughest...

Times Higher - HE reforms: lessons from China and South Africa

"Given Greg Clarke’s appointment as secretary of state in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and his former responsibilities for decentralisation and strong interest in cities, this bodes well for a “triple helix” approach that puts research and innovation at...

Wonkhe - What do teaching experts think about the TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework will go ahead as scheduled. Millions of pounds have already been poured into the quest for new indicators of teaching excellence, including measures of learning gain, a ‘highly skilled employment’ metric, and the longitudinal learning outcomes dataset...

Wonkhe - Architecture and academia: a match made in hell

This year’s Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the most architecturally-significant building in the UK, will be awarded to entries from a shortlist of six, including two education institutions. Wonkhe looks at the relationship between learning and...

BBC - Education policy 'key to social mobility drive'

Ministers must put education policy at the centre of the drive to deliver social mobility, the Social Mobility Commission chairman has said. Alan Milburn said an education system in England that left many lacking the skills they needed in the modern labour market must not be tolerated. He...

Independent - Only 28% of recent graduates have been eligible to start repaying their student loans

Fewer than 28 per cent of recent graduates - the first batch to have paid up to £9,000 in fees - have started paying back their loans, meaning most are at risk of being put under financial pressure for life because they’re stuck in low-paying jobs. According to new data from the...

BBC - Female students urged to apply for top graduate schemes

Female students are less likely to aim for top graduate jobs but more likely to land them if they apply, says the Association of Graduate Recruiters. Its survey of leading employers found that, while 54% of students are women, they make up just 47% of graduate scheme applicants. But they took...

Guardian - Erasmus scheme may exclude British students after Brexit

Britain faces exclusion from one of the glowing successes of European Union membership: a university study programme that has benefited tens of thousands of British young people and many more from the EU visiting Britain. Under the Erasmus scheme, British students can study at European...

Telegraph - Theresa May plans new immigration crackdown on student visas

Theresa May’s new government is preparing the ground for a fresh crackdown on immigration amid concerns that universities have become an easy route into Britain for migrants who want to work. The Prime Minister has backed calls to restrict student visas so that only the brightest and best...

Independent - Brexit: Europe’s university leaders call for ‘continued collaboration’ after EU referendum result

University leaders from across Europe have come together in a “turbulent time” to stress the importance of continued higher education collaboration following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Signing a joint statement, the leaders from over 20 countries, including Germany and...

Guardian - Students not applying to top universities despite cash incentives – study

Offering students incentives worth up to £500 would still fail to persuade many of them to visit top universities such as Leeds, Manchester or Cardiff, according to a survey conducted by the UK admissions clearing house, Ucas. Institutions face a stiff battle persuading students to set their...

Independent - Children who know what course they want to study by age of 10 more likely to get into top universities

A student’s university options could be determined from as young as ten, new research has shown, following warnings that the most disadvantaged young people still face too many challenges when applying for higher education. Data from the largest UCAS student survey of its kind suggests the...

Universities UK - Publication to improve public understanding of how universities are funded

When university funding is discussed, the focus is generally only on undergraduate tuition fees and research grants. A new publication from Universities UK, "University funding explained", seeks to highlight the fact that universities now raise income from a wide range of sources and...

English universities to raise tuition fees for first time since they trebled

Universities in England have started telling potential students that their tuition fees will go up across the board from next year, the first rise since fees were nearly trebled to £9,000 in 2012. Manchester and Durham are among universities already listing annual undergraduate fees as rising...

Telegraph - Oxford college to increase intake of minority students following pressure to widen access

University College  Oxford has announced it will increase the number of places by 10 per cent in an effort to widen access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is the first time an Oxford college will solely take pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of an increase...

Wonkhe - Higher Education in the May Government

Policy blog Wonkhe has followed the Cabinet reshuffle and Whitehall reorganisation imposed by new Prime Minister Theresa May. There are a number of stories at Wonkhe looking at the implications for HE. The HE Bill continues:  Not dead but stunned: HE policy in the May...

Guardian - UK lagging behind other countries in digital skills, Barclays report finds

Only 16% of workers in the UK would be comfortable building a website, compared with 39% in Brazil and 37% in India, according to a report, which warns that Britain’s digital skills lag behind other countries’. A report into digital education, skills and confidence, commissioned by Ashok...

BBC - Employers warn of widening skills gap

An increasing number of UK employers are worried that they will not be able recruit enough high-skilled employees, according to an annual CBI survey. The survey of 500 employers found 69% were concerned about not being able to find enough highly-skilled staff, compared with 55% last year. ...