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Sky News - Tuition fees: Was it really such a betrayal?

Sky News looks at the effect of fees on student numbers, their lifestyle and their financial futures. Read it here:  http://news.sky.com/story/tuition-fees-was-it-really-such-a-betrayal-a-reality-check-10884632

BBC - Brexit barriers 'would harm science', say universities

Barriers to research collaboration in Europe as a result of Brexit would harm scientific progress, says a group of leading UK universities. Science and research should be a priority in the talks between the UK and the EU, says the Russell Group of research intensive universities. Any...

Guardian - Labour pledges to abolish tuition fees as early as autumn 2017

New university students will be freed from paying £9,000 in tuition fees as early as this autumn if Labour wins the election, Jeremy Corbyn is due to announce. The Labour leader and Angela Rayner, his shadow education secretary, will say tuition fees will be completely abolished through...

Observer - ‘Isolated’ poorer students more likely to drop out, study shows

Less affluent students in higher education are significantly more likely to experience problems with socialising and integrating than their peers from well-off families, says a major new study. Only 33% of the students from D and E socioeconomic groups said they were well integrated with the...

Guardian - Alarm raised over modern language cuts at Manchester University

Planned staffing cuts that will hit modern languages teaching and research at Britain’s largest university should be scrapped, a group of senior academics have warned in a letter to the Guardian. The plan to shed as many as 35 jobs from the University of Manchester’s school of arts – a third...

Guardian - Green party proposes scrapping all existing student debt

With Labour having promised to scrap university tuition fees if elected, the Greens are going one step further, with a pledge to write off all existing student loan debts, at a cost of more than £14bn over the next parliament. The party, which is already committed to ending tuition fees,...

Wonkhe - Election manifestos dissected

HE policy blog Wonkhe delves into the manifesto pledges of the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Party manifestos ahead of the June General Election. Of the Tory manifesto, Wonkhe says: "It represents a mixed bag for the higher education sector: on immigration and...

Times Higher - Where could students impact the 2017 general election?

The THE looks at constituencies around the country where large university populations could make for interesting battlegrounds. Read more (registration/paywall):  www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/where-could-students-impact-2017-general-election

Times Higher - Disability on Campus: the challenges faced and change needed

Five academics talk to the Times Higher about the issues associated with various disabilities and what should be done to improve support. Read it here (registration/paywall):  www.timeshighereducation.com/features/disability-campus-challenges-faced-and-change-needed

Independent - Conservatives pledge to let off teachers from student loan repayments, reveals election manifesto

Teachers are to be let off student loan repayments as a reward for not quitting their jobs, the Conservative Party has announced. In its election manifesto, the party said it will offer forgiveness on payments for all new teachers in order to help them “remain in the profession”. The...

Guardian - From bursaries to gender balance: what needs to change in nursing?

The Guardian brings together a panel of students, qualified nurses and educators to answer readers’ questions on the state of the profession. After a drop in student applications following NHS bursary cuts; a post-Brexit exodus of EU staff; and a possible strike by the Royal College of Nursing,...

Independent - Election 2017: Conservatives will use university tuition fees to plug free schools funding gap

Money for new free schools – including academies and grammars – will be found in raising university tuition fees, the Prime Minister has announced. Proposals set out in the Conservative Party manifesto state all universities charging undergraduate students the top rate – which rose above...

BBC - Labour manifesto pledges £25bn package for education

Labour has pledged to inject over £25bn into a "national education service" in England, its manifesto reveals. The Labour Party says it will scrap tuition fees in England, which were increased to more than £9,000 a year under the coalition government. The party also promises to reintroduce...

Guardian - Cambridge digs in at the top of university league table

Cambridge has topped the Guardian University Guide league table for the seventh year running, while Oxford remains in second place and St Andrews in third. There’s little change among the top 10 universities: Durham University, which ranked sixth last year, is in fourth place, while Bath...

Guardian - Manchester University accused of planning 'clearout' of senior staff

The University of Manchester has been accused of planning a “clearout” of experienced academics in order to replace them with cheaper, junior teaching staff, after it announced plans to cut 171 jobs. Britain’s largest university said the prospect of Brexit had created uncertainty in the...

Guardian - Roll up! Universities embark on big push to boost student vote

Students will be bombarded with a single message over the next few weeks: vote. In the run-up to the general election, Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ organisation, is encouraging lecturers and staff to remind students to get their names on the electoral register, and is supporting...

Observer - New National Union of Students leader is determined to make equality her cause

Shakira Martin, only the second NUS leader not to have gone to university, wants to use her working-class background to shape union policy. The Observer interviews her here:  www.theguardian.com/education/2017/may/06/nus-president-shakira-martin-pragmatist-focus-student-welfare

Huffpost - British Law Student Caught Using Invisible Ink To Cheat In University Exam

A British law student was caught red-handed using a James Bond style gadget to cheat in a university exam.  The woman was found with 24 pages of notes written in invisible ink that she had smuggled into the test inside a statute book, higher education watchdog the Office of the...

BBC - Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you're 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has...

Guardian - Annual donations to UK universities pass £1bn mark for first time

Philanthropic donations to UK universities have exceeded £1bn a year for the first time, according to a new survey. The Ross-Case survey of higher education, carried out by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case) Europe, showed that the total amount of philanthropic income...

Guardian - What does the new solicitor super-exam mean for trainees?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced the establishment of a new solicitors qualification exam designed to open up the profession and guarantee high standards. From September 2020, the traditional GDL and LPC route will be scrapped in favour of an independent assessment called...

Independent - NUS to offer free tampons to all female students across the UK

The National Union of Students has pledged to make sanitary products freely available to all female undergraduates following increasing reports that poorer women are struggling to afford the monthly cost.  Delegates at the NUS’s annual conference voted in favour of using the union’s...

BBC - V&A museum plans to revive design skills

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is launching a schools project to fill the gap in creating a new generation of designers. The museum wants to revive interest in its specialist areas of art and design, in a project that will include museums in Blackburn and Coventry. The Victoria...

Wonkhe - Be it enacted: The Higher Education and Research Act (2017)

Policy blog Wonkhe looks at what was in the Higher Education and Research Act, eventually passed in a rush after much comporomise. Read it here:  http://wonkhe.com/blogs/be-it-enacted-the-higher-education-and-research-act-2017/

BBC - University fee increases pushed through

Almost all universities in England will be able to introduce annual increases to tuition fees until 2020, in a deal pushing legislation through Parliament before the general election. The higher education legislation had been intended to make higher fees dependent on improved teaching. But...

Independent - COmplete University Guide's best UK unis 2018

Cambridge University has been named the best in the UK for student satisfaction and employment prospects, beating its Oxford counterpart.  The Complete University Guide 2018 shows an improving picture for students looking to apply for courses next year. Experts devising the annual...

Wonkhe - Agreement reached on HE Bill as it heads to final stages of debate

"The government is clearly determined to drag the Bill over the finishing line," says pilcy blog Wonkhe. "In endeavouring to do so, they have made a deal with Labour MPs and peers to make some significant alterations to the Bill that will be acceptable to all...

Telegraph - Universities will see their funding increase after Brexit, education select committee says

Universities will see their funding increase after Brexit, the education select committee has told academics. In a report published on Tuesday, MPs noted that once Britain has left the EU,  universities will no longer be able to draw funds from the European Structural and Investment...

Belfast Telegraph - Mental health: Students told to mind how they go

The number of young people struggling with mental health problems increases dramatically when they go to university and this has led to a new move to support students while they are in the higher education system. Research by the Ulster University, which is part of a global study into student...

BBC - Take time to find a job, students urged

Students should not worry about finding a job while studying for their degree, says the outgoing head of university admissions service Ucas. Mary Curnock Cook, who steps down at the end of April, suggests students may need down time after their finals. Read about her throughts, as shared...