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Telegraph - Number of poor students dropping out of university at highest level in five years

The number of poor students who drop out of university before finishing their degree is at its highest in five years, the latest figures show. It comes amid a multi-million pound drive to recruit students from poorer backgrounds - with universities spending a total of £725.2 million on access...

Guardian - Oxford and Cambridge 'need to improve access for disadvantaged students'

Oxford and Cambridge universities have failed to recognise potential among disadvantaged applicants and need to improve their efforts, according to the government’s higher education access tsar. In outspoken remarks at an education conference, Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access...

BBC - University accommodation across UK investigated over Grenfell cladding fears

Student accommodation across the UK is being checked for fire safety issues, following the Grenfell Tower disaster. BBC Newsbeat reports:  www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40427276/university-accommodation-across-uk-investigated-over-grenfell-cladding-fears

Guardian - Regional growth and universities – a link that's more than academic

Whether universities could do more to power the economy of the Midlands was the subject of a roundtable discussion, hosted by the Guardian and supported by HSBC at Birmingham University. The discussion involved senior leaders from higher education, government and business. Sir David Eastwood,...

Guardian - Government ‘reneging on promise to fund 10,000 extra nursing places’

Universities are warning that the government is quietly reneging on its promise to provide 10,000 new nursing degree places, intended to relieve pressure on the NHS. Read the full story here: ...

Wonkhe - On balance, the good in TEF outweighs the bad

Jane Forster, the Vice-Chancellor’s Policy Adviser at Bournemouth University, writes for policy blog Wonkhe that "whatever our award, it is hard to argue with the criteria that the TEF is evaluating. Surely no-one can argue that teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes...

Times Higher - THE Europe University Rankings 2017: powers behind the throne

Will UK universities continue to be the best in Europe after Brexit? The THE says: "With the UK having more than a quarter of the universities in the top 200, and also having 15 more than its nearest national rival, Germany, it is hard to see its dominance wavering any time soon. "However,...

Wonkhe - Graduate salaries and new challenges for the arts, humanities and social sciences

On the back of the latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data release, policy blog Wonkhe talks about the value of arts subjects and looks at the British Academy's Flagship Skills Project, which aims to articulate and celebrate the skills developed by studying arts, humanities...

Wonkhe - Performance management is here to stay, but TEF needs a rethink

Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, and director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, writes for policy blog Wonkhe: "The post-election regroupement of the government provides a surprising and welcome opportunity to...

Wonkhe - Universities are failing to equip enough students with digital skills

"Colleges and universities must embrace technology because institutions that fail in their duty to ready students for the 21st century jobs market are also failing to future-proof their existence, particularly in the face of competition from abroad, " writes Jisc chief executive Paul Feldman for...

Guardian - Why should I care about the teaching excellence framework? – explainer

The Guardian gives a "potted guide to what will be at the forefront of every vice-chancellor’s mind, as they decide how to capitalise on their gold rating or embark on damage limitation for their bronze." Read it here: ...

Observer - Universities face looming strikes as market revolution bites

Across the country, universities are preparing for hundreds of redundancies as they deal with ferocious competition, Brexit and the launch of the government’s official “gold, silver and bronze” league table, according to the Observer. The paper looks at how lowering entry requirements by...

Guardian - UK student loan debt soars to more than £100bn

Student loan debt in the UK has risen to more than £100bn for the first time, underlining the rising costs young people face in order to get a university education. Outstanding debt on loans jumped by 16.6% to £100.5bn at the end of March, up from £86.2bn a year earlier, according to the...

Guardian - How can universities create a carer-friendly culture?

Marie-Pierre Moreau, Director of the Research in Inequalities, Societies and Education Centre at the University of Roehampton, writes in the Guardian: "There is a significant proportion of employees who combine paid work with caring responsibilities in all professions, and academia is no...

UK home to 10 of the world’s most prestigious universities

British Universities are rising up the ranks for reputation in spite of Brexit, latest global league tables reveal, with ten of the UK’s institutions making the top 100 in the world. Oxford University has caught up with Cambridge for the first time this year, with both institutions sharing...

Telegraph - Women should study English to earn more than men, official data shows

Women should study English to earn more than men, official data shows, as it is the only subject where the salaries of female graduates exceed those of their male peers. For every other subject, male graduates earn more than women at the majority of universities five years after leaving...

Guardian - Open University jobs at risk in £100m 'root and branch' overhaul

Staff at the Open University are preparing for job losses as part of a radical overhaul to try to secure the institution’s financial future. Read more:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/13/open-university-jobs-at-risk-in-100m-root-and-branch-overhaul

Independent - Oxford University accused of sexism over claim sitting exams at home 'will help close gender gap'

The University of Oxford faces fresh allegations of sexism, after its history department announced it would allow students to sit exams from home in order to help close the gender gap. As of next term,  students will be able to replace one of their five final-year exams with a...

Times Higher - Students are now a force in British politics, and a growing force at that

According to some analysts, 66 per cent of under 25s turned out to vote this year, compared with 43 per cent in 2015. The THE looks at the implications (registration/paywall):  www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/students-are-now-force-british-politics-and-growing-force

Independent - DUP-Tory government: What would it mean for education?

Grammar school plans could be out the window, and school leaders are hopeful for a reassessment of spending budgets, says the Independent. Read its analysis here:  www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/dup-tories-election-hung-parliament-education-policies-a7782656.html

Guardian - Advertising watchdog forces Reading University to ditch 'top 1%' claim

Claims made by UK universities to attract students have been called into question after the University of Reading was forced to withdraw its assertion that it was in the top 1% of institutions globally. The university agreed to remove the claim from its website and other marketing materials...

Wonkhe - HEPI-HEA student survey: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Policy blog Wonkhe analyses the latest student experience survey results and finds cheer in students' views of teaching standards, reason to worry in the amount students say they have (or have not) learned, and cause for alarm in the wellbeing of students, particularly non-white students. ...

Guardian - Third of university students say courses are poor value

The proportion of students who feel their university course represents poor value for money has almost doubled in the last five years, with students from minority ethnic backgrounds among the least satisfied, according to a survey. Rather than becoming inured to high tuition fees, students...

QS top 200 universities in the world 2018

The UK is now home to fewer top-400, top-200, and top-100 universities than last year, according to the latest QS rankings. In the rankings’ uppermost echelon, the University of Cambridge drops to 5th position – its lowest rank since the inaugural QS World University Rankings of 2004. The...

BBC - Higher tuition fee debt 'deters poorer students'

Students from poorer families are more likely to be deterred from university by tuition fee debt, researchers say. A study by the UCL Institute of Education compared attitudes of people considering applying to university in England in 2002 and 2015. During this time tuition fees increased...

Guardian - TEF: big upsets expected in official UK university rankings

Universities are preparing themselves for a shock in the government’s new official “gold, silver and bronze” league table, which will be published a week after the election, on 14 June. The new rankings, known as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), will award grades based on factors...

Times Higher - Student visa data highlight UK’s dependence on China

The growing dependency of UK higher education on China as its main source of international students has been highlighted in the latest government immigration statistics. According to the data, released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics and the Home Office, the number of study visas...

Independent - Universities are wrong to lower entry requirements for disadvantaged students, say undergraduates

Undergraduates don’t think universities should drop entry requirements for disadvantaged students, but should help them get better A-level exam results instead, a new study claims. In a survey of just under 1,000 Russell Group university undergraduates, researchers found almost three-quarters...

Guardian - Student housing tempts wealthy investors

Some of the world’s richest people and sovereign wealth funds are turning their attention to student housing, with the increasingly luxurious and expensive purpose-built accommodation becoming regarded as a must-have part of their investment portfolio. Investor demand for student...

BBC - Birmingham University to open campus in the Gulf

The University of Birmingham's plan to open a campus in Dubai is the latest example of universities expanding with international branches. Vice-chancellor Sir David Eastwood said the campus in the Gulf would show the university's "global mission". The first phase of Birmingham's new...