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Entire fees system is unfair, says NUS report
The current university funding system is unfair and unsustainable and either raising or lifting the cap on tuition fees would make it worse, the National Union of Students warned today. The Guardian
[3rd September 2008]

Insurer on its bike after blazing saddle row with cycling student
An undergraduate is warning students who use the specialist student insurer Endsleigh to check their policy's terms after the firm refused to pay her bike theft claim on what she described as an "absurd technicality".
[2nd September 2008]

Butlins and University of Chichester to launch degree
In a case of hi-de-higher education, the University of Chichester is in the final stages of talks with holiday firm Butlins to establish a foundation degree in musical theatre on the university's Bognor Regis campus. The Guardian
[1st September 2008]

Use buzzwords to be cited, study suggests
Academics who use fashionable "buzzwords" in their research papers could enhance their reputations as their work is cited more often by their peers, a new study suggests. Times Higher Education
[28th August 2008]

Keep peer review at REF core, chairs warn
Peer-to-peer judgment must be maintained as a core feature of the system being designed to allocate more than a billion pounds a year in research funding, some of the sector's most senior research figures have warned.
[28th August 2008]

Homeopathy degree suspended after criticism
The undergraduate degree in homeopathic medicine at the University of Central Lancashire has stopped recruiting new students after "relentless attacks from the anti-homeopathy league". The Guardian
[28th August 2008]

Students taught computer hacking
Postgraduate students at a Scottish university are to be taught the art of computer hacking. BBC News
[27th August 2008]

Pupils have the answers, no matter the questions
A-level examiners might have been impressed with the bright teenagers who gave insightful and lengthy answers to questions on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this year's English literature exam paper, had it not been for one small thing. The Times
[27th August 2008]

Record numbers off to university
The number of pupils accepting university places has hit an all time high with more students choosing science and language courses than last year, the latest count from UCAS shows. The Guardian
[27th August 2008]

New secure medical laboratory step closer
Plans to build a controversial £500m high security medical research laboratory in the heart of London are now in full swing after the architects HOK won the bid to design it. The Guardian
[27th August 2008]

UCL chosen for neuroscience centre
University College London has beaten Oxford and Cambridge to win funding for a neuroscience institute that will lead international efforts to conduct specialist research in brain and behaviour. The Guardian
[27th August 2008]

Art and design degrees 'need overhaul'
A group of 50 academics have called for major changes to be made to the teaching of art and design at UK universities after a review concluded it was not fit for purpose. The Guardian
[27th August 2008]

Pupils feel three A-levels no longer enough for university
Increasing numbers of teenagers believe that three good A-levels are no longer a passport to a university degree and are opting to take four or more subjects in an attempt to stand out from the growing crowd getting three A grades.
[21st August 2008]

Battle for grants gets fierce as more join the fray
Research councils see a rise in applications but fewer candidates are successful. Times Higher Education
[21st August 2008]

Bosses say education has worsened
Nearly half of senior managers believe education in the UK has declined over the last 10 years, despite improvements in exam results, a study suggests. BBC News
[20th August 2008]

Debt fears limit university choice for poorer students
Poor students more likely to choose universities near the family home that offer opportunities for term-time work, find researchers. The Guardian
[20th August 2008]

Busiest year yet for Clearing
Record numbers of people have accepted university places through Clearing this year, according to official statistics. The Guardian
[20th August 2008]

Education: Parents allowed to take charge of university applications
TPushy parents have been granted a licence to interfere after the university admissions service Ucas caved in to pressure to allow parents to manage their children's applications for the first time this year. The Guardian
[20th August 2008]

Universities face cash crisis
Universities are facing a potential financial crisis because of new rules that could deter thousands of overseas students from studying in Britain. In a move that has enraged the body representing universities, the UK Border Agency has introduced tough new conditions governing who is eligible to study here. The Observer
[18th August 2008]

Oxford targets the poorest postcodes
University accused of social engineering in bid to recruit talented teenagers from deprived areas The Observer
[18th August 2008]

Thousands snapping up Clearing places
The scramble for university places was faster and more furious than ever today as more than 2,600 students bagged university offers through the UCAS clearing system by lunchtime. The Guardian
[15th August 2008]

1,000 British academics given ratings on US website
More than 1,000 British academics have a score on a controversial American website that allows students to rate their tutors' teaching and appearance. Times Higher Education
[14th August 2008]

Filtering tips
Applications from would-be students are increasingly less likely to be seen by an academic as universities turn to new ways to sieve the burgeoning number of applications. Times Higher Education
[14th August 2008]

A-level results for all subjects 2008
Results of all subjects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, graded from A-E and U, by gender, and compared with last year. The Guardian
[14th August 2008]

A-level results: Students receive more top grades
The number of A grades awarded at A-level rose again this year, with record numbers of pupils gaining university places. The Guardian
[14th August 2008]

Does size really matter on college mergers?
It seems bigger isn't always better, as there is a shift change in the attitude towards college mergers The Guardian
[13th August 2008]

Student debt 'could top £17,500'
Students who started university in the UK last year can expect to owe more than £17,500 by the time they leave, according to an annual poll on debt. BBC News
[13th August 2008]

Students underestimate costs of living
Naive students misjudge the amount they'll spend on food, bills and travel, leaving them with heavier debts than anticipad. The Guardian
[13th August 2008]

Oxford delays on A* grade offers
Oxford University says it will not make conditional offers for places based on the new A* grade at A-level when it is first awarded in 2010. BBC News
[12th August 2008]

Standard of education is 'dropping' say employers
The quality of school education has declined over the past decade despite Labour's £28bn increase in education investment, employers have said. The Guardian
[12th August 2008]

England overtakes Scotland in university take-up
Scotland has lost its lead over England in attracting young applicants to university, new figures show. The Guardian
[12th August 2008]

Borderline marking 'inflating A-level grades'
A-level and GCSE results are being artificially inflated by a marking process banned from use in Sats tests this year, experts have warned. The Guardian
[11th August 2008]

Batho graduates to top job in Scottish higher education funding
The new head of the Scottish Funding Council is to be Mark Batho, a Holyrood civil servant, it emerged today. The Guardian
[11th August 2008]

Students to 'trade up' for better college
Pupils who do unexpectedly well at A-level will be given five days after receiving their results to shop around for a more prestigious university. The Observer
[11th August 2008]

More graduates finding work
More graduates are finding work after leaving university, according to the latest figures published today. But critics warned that the data may not give a true picture. The Guardian
[8th August 2008]

Bad spelling 'should be accepted'
Common spelling mistakes should be accepted into everyday use, not corrected, a professor has said. BBC News
[7th August 2008]

Almost 200 academic staff fight against RAE exclusion
At least 190 academics who were told their work would not be submitted to the research assessment exercise mounted a formal challenge against their exclusion, Times Higher Education has discovered. Times Higher Educatio
[7th August 2008]

Open University to broadcast on YouTube
The days of kipper tie-wearing academics broadcasting their lectures in the middle of the night may be long gone but the Open University hoped to recapture their essence with the launch of a new channel on YouTube today.
[7th August 2008]

Forty UCU staff to go at a cost of £1 million
About 40 University and College Union employees are to leave this summer under a voluntary redundancy scheme
[7th August 2008]

Army to pay students to complete further education
Up to 3000 youngsters are to get bursaries worth £1000 a year to see them through further education colleges, with an additional £1000 if they complete basic military training. The Guardian
[6th August 2008]

More Scottish students pass Highers
Record numbers of the almost 160,000 teenagers in Scotland opening their exam results this morning have passed - and will have received the news by text or email. The Guardian
[6th August 2008]

Scots pupils receive exam results
Higher and Standard Grade exam pass rates in Scotland reach their highest level since the system was revamped. BBC News
[5th August 2008]

Universities need philanthropists' money, says head
The outgoing head of the University of the Arts London made a plea today for more philanthropists to support tomorrow's artists and designers on his last day in office. The Guardian
[5th August 2008]

Plymouth tops league table of cheapest university cities
Plymouth is the cheapest university city to live in, while Exeter - 50 miles up the road - is the most expensive, a league table compiled by a high street bank shows. The Guardian
[5th August 2008]

New universities could struggle to survive
Newer British universities may disappear because of global competition forcing them to spend more, a leading ratings agency has warned. The Guardian
[5th August 2008]

English take Welsh nurse degrees
Would-be nurses from England are doing their degrees in Wales because they automatically get bursaries of £6,372. BBC News
[4th August 2008]

DIUS - One year on...
Rebecca Attwood assesses the sector's response to DIUS, one year on from its inception. Times Higher Education
[4th August 2008]

UK student visa must be sponsored
Students coming to the UK from overseas will have to be sponsored by a college licensed by the UK Border Agency, under Home Office proposals. BBC News
[4th August 2008]

Students poised for exam results
Tens of thousands of Scottish students are preparing to receive their exam results on Tuesday. BBC News
[4th August 2008]

Education college chairmen resign
Four out of six chairmen in the newly merged further education colleges have resigned in a row over workload and lack of pay, the BBC has learned.
[4th August 2008]

Students juggle classes and jobs
Nearly half of all university students in the UK will be juggling their studies with part-time work when the new term begins, new research suggests. BBC News
[4th August 2008]

Clampdown on bogus colleges
New government moves to clamp down on bogus colleges and "fake" students have drawn praise from university and student organisations. Education Guardian
[31st July 2008]

UK is second in the world at research
UK scientists publish more research than any other country in the world except the United States, the science minister will say today. Education Guardian


[31st July 2008]

Why male students' brains are light on detail
The provocative debate about potential differences between male and female brains was poised to return to the agenda this week, with new research showing significant differences in the way undergraduates report how they think and learn. Times Higher Education


[31st July 2008]

Lecturers' feedback efforts 'misguided'

Lecturers' efforts to help their students by providing detailed written feedback are "completely misguided", an expert on student learning warned this week. Times Higher Education


[31st July 2008]

Review lambasts lack of leadership at Lampeter
"Very real problems of leadership and management" have been highlighted in a report into the University of Wales, Lampeter, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
[31st July 2008]

Report sets out new vetting system for research staff
A new research integrity body, which would have powers to investigate allegations of misconduct and create a database of cases to allow universities to vet would-be academic staff, could soon be in operation. Times Higher Education
[31st July 2008]

Lecturers protest at uni job cuts
Placard-waving university lecturers in Ceredigion have staged a protest over planned job cuts. BBC News
[30th July 2008]

'Lack of will' on fair admissions
There has been "a complete lack of political will" over plans to make UK university admissions fairer, says a teachers' leader. BBC News
[30th July 2008]

Pupils 'confused' by exams maze
The range of qualifications now on offer in England is leaving teenagers "bewildered", teachers are warning. BBC News
[30th July 2008]

English Bac is latest exam choice
A new English Baccalaureate, designed to help universities identify the very brightest students, has been approved by the exams watchdog. BBC News


[30th July 2008]

Exams chief calls for earlier A-level results to help appeals
The tradition of waiting until the second Thursday in August before A-level results are released should be ended, says the head of the UK's largest examining board. The Guardian
[28th July 2008]

Student teachers' higher degrees
People seeking to become teachers in England are better qualified than they were a decade ago, an analysis of teacher training courses shows. BBC News
[28th July 2008]

Economics 'dying out' in schools
Only three economics teachers were trained on teacher training courses in the whole of England last year, shows a study of students entering teaching. BBC News
[28th July 2008]

State schools join boycott of A-Level
Almost 50 schools - including 15 state schools - have decided to teach sixth-formers an alternative to A-levels known as the Pre-U from September, it was announced yesterday. Times Online
[28th July 2008]

Arts experts fear metrics will skew REF
One in seven universities is now using entrance tests as part of its selection procedures, a Universities UK report says. BBC News
[24th July 2008]

Armed forces 'get free education'
Service personnel are to be given university education free of charge after they end their duty with the armed forces, it has been reported. BBC News


[24th July 2008]

Some students 'tell more CV lies'
Students from lower ranking universities are more likely to lie on their CVs than those from top ranking ones, research suggests. BBC News
[24th July 2008]

Schools swap A-levels for Cambridge Pre-U
Pupils from 15 state schools will be urged to take the tougher Cambridge Pre-U exam instead of traditional A-levels from September. The Guardian
[24th July 2008]

Brown promotes academic links with Israel
British academics will be encouraged to conduct research with their Israeli peers in an attempt to heal fractured relations between UK and Israeli universities. The Guardian
[23rd July 2008]

Youth parliament concocts high-profile campaign against university tuition fees
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) will put stickers with the slogan "fee for all, free for all" on thousands of pound coins in general circulation as part of a campaign to abolish university tuition fees announced today. The Guardian
[23rd July 2008]

Student drama awards announced
The winners of this year's Spotlight showcase, an acting competition for drama graduates, are revealed. The Guardian
[18th July 2008]

Universities using entrance tests
One in seven universities is now using entrance tests as part of its selection procedures, a Universities UK report says. BBC News
[18th July 2008]

'Farce' warning on degree levels
The lack of certainty over the value of university degrees is "descending into farce," says the chair of a committee of MPs investigating degree standards. BBC News
[18th July 2008]

Wales spurns QAA advice to link up with unaccredited US Bible college
The University of Wales is validating degrees at an unaccredited US Bible college against the advice of the Quality Assurance Agency. Times Higher Education
[18th July 2008]

Competition for postgrads jeopardises UK's position
The status of UK higher education as one of the world's top recruiters of international research students is under threat and must be protected against increasing competition. That is the conclusion of a study published this week, which warns that the sector must act now to protect its competitive edge. Times Higher Education


[18th July 2008]

Scots post-92s moot federation
Scotland's six post-1992 universities are in talks that could ultimately lead to their banding together to form a single federal university. Times Higher Education
[18th July 2008]

LSE puts £2m in teaching to grant parity with research
The London School of Economics is to reduce class sizes and increase contact time between staff and students as part of a drive to give its teaching equal status to research. Times Higher Education
[18th July 2008]

University's medieval rebel name
A college in Wrexham has been granted university status and will be called Glyndwr University. BBC News
[16th July 2008]

Universities challenged on the IB
Why are admissions tutors taking such a hard line over the IB? The Sunday Times
[16th July 2008]

Universities earn record amount from working with industry
Universities saw a dramatic rise in earnings from working with industry last year, reaching a record total of £2.6bn. The Guardian
[14th July 2008]

Building programme for colleges is 'a success'
A massive nationwide programme to rebuild colleges is going well after seven years although the funding of some of the earliest projects was hit and miss, according to the Parliamentary spending watchdog. The Guardian
[14th July 2008]

Buckle up for a rough ride, UUK tells sector
Forced closure of universities, fierce private-sector competition for students and a loss of reputation overseas are all outlined in a major new study as possible future scenarios for UK higher education. Times Higher Education


[14th July 2008]

Intellectual property investment of £20m yields just 1% fillip in income
Increased investment in the exploitation of universities' intellectual property has failed to boost income for the sector, a new report has shown. Times Higher Education
[14th July 2008]

HEFCE clawback means cuts loom
London Metropolitan University is facing a financial crisis after the funding council confirmed that problems with the university's data on student dropouts meant that it had been substantially overfunded for several years. Times Higher Education
[14th July 2008]

Flagship for teaching has limited effect on practice
A £300 million drive to improve university teaching and reward good teachers is having only limited success in changing practices and perceptions across the sector, according to an official report. Times Higher Education
[14th July 2008]

Institutions urged to act over fall in student numbers
Vice chancellors warn universities could close if low birth rates translate to a fall in students. The Guardian
[14th July 2008]

Medical school offers convicted student hope
A straight A-grade student who was told he couldn't become a doctor because of his spent criminal conviction has been offered an interview at a top medical school. The Guardian
[14th July 2008]

Jodrell Bank safe - for now
MPs have welcomed moves to secure the immediate future of the Jodrell Bank observatory. The Guardian
[8th July 2008]

Bosses question value of degrees as they search for talented recruits
Research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), to be published this week, found that a growing number of employers were finding that a 2:2 grade at one university was sometimes the equivalent of a first elsewhere. The Observer
[8th July 2008]

Conference breaks
International meetings of academics are being targeted as a way to slip past immigration controls. The Guardian
[8th July 2008]

Ditching honours will boost sector's kudos
Abandoning the honours classification system would boost the reputation of British higher education, it was claimed this week. Times Higher Education
[7th July 2008]

HEFCE selects 22 universities to test-drive excellence framework
Universities must be freed from state control and become less reliant on public funding, peers argued in a debate in the House of Lords. Many peers, including senior university figures, argued that students' tuition fees should be raised. Times Higher Education
[7th July 2008]

Graduates take home £20,000
Graduates leaving full-time degree courses are earning an average salary of £20,000, and nearly two thirds find full-time jobs within six months of graduating, according to figures published today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The Guardian


[4th July 2008]

And the greenest university is ... Gloucestershire
Universities are today ranked on how green they are - and the new universities come out top. The Guardian
[4th July 2008]

Minister criticises college that refused to admit convicted teenager
A government minister yesterday criticised a medical school for withdrawing an offer to an A-grade student from one of the poorest areas of the country because of a burglary conviction. The Guardian
[4th July 2008]

Free sector and let fees rise, argue Lords
Universities must be freed from state control and become less reliant on public funding, peers argued in a debate in the House of Lords. Many peers, including senior university figures, argued that students' tuition fees should be raised.
[3rd July 2008]

Plan for university-primary links
Universities will be asked to partner primary schools to encourage children as young as five to set their sights on university, the Guardian has learned. The Guardian
[2nd July 2008]

Watchdog debates exam difficulty
England's independent exam regulator is to ask experts to discuss more evidence that it is harder to get top exam grades in some subjects than others. BBC News
[2nd July 2008]

E-mail leak of 'degree inflation'
A leaked e-mail shows how university staff are being urged to increase the number of top degree grades to keep pace with competing universities. BBC News
[2nd July 2008]




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