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White bread for young minds, says university professor
Google is "white bread for the mind", and the internet is producing a generation of students who survive on a diet of unreliable information, a professor of media studies will claim this week. Times Online.
[14th January 2008]

Enrolment of British students at UK universities stalls
The number of British students enrolling at UK universities has stalled while those coming to study from overseas has continued to rise, according to latest official figures released today. The Guardian.
[11th January 2008]

Second degree cut survives vote
The government has survived a vote trying to block its plans to cut funding from students taking a second undergraduate degree. BBC Online.
[11th January 2008]

Coventry expels tuition fee defaulters
Coventry University expelled 445 undergraduates - 3 per cent of its total enrolment - for failing to pay their fees in the past academic year. Times Higher Education
[10th January 2008]

Spending spree on RAE stars may spark cash crisis
The rush to recruit research "superstars" ahead of the 2008 RAE will leave some universities facing financial difficulties. Times Higher Education
[10th January 2008]

College denies theological vendetta
The Oxford theological college Wycliffe Hall yesterday "strongly refuted" claims that BBC Radio 4 contributor Dr Elaine Storkey was sacked from her research post because of her beliefs. The Guardian
[10th January 2008]

QAA to enlist students to audit quality
Plan to add undergraduates to inspection teams is proving controversial, writes Rebecca Attwood. Times Higher Education.
[10th January 2008]

No lectures for reclassified 'researchers'
Undergraduates have been redefined as "researchers" and will be given fewer formal lectures under a new teaching strategy at the University of Gloucestershire. The THES.
[10th January 2008]

Oxford admissions not black and white
While Oxford University is claiming success in attracting more black British applicants, the latest statistics don't tell the full story.. The Independent.
[10th January 2008]

Unfairly sacked Oxford college theologian sues bishop
A leading Church of England theologian is suing the Bishop of Liverpool for religious discrimination on the grounds she was treated as the "wrong kind of Christian". The Guardian.
[9th January 2008]

Scientists wait to see where axe will fall
The simmering row over an £80m shortfall in physics funding looks likely to keep going well into 2008. The Guardian
[9th January 2008]

Tories protest at student funding
The Conservatives are adding to protests against government plans to cut funding from students taking a second undergraduate degree. BBC News
[8th January 2008]

A degree of deception
A flashy university website shows gowned professors and joyful graduations. Shame it's all a fake. The Guardian.
[8th January 2008]

Tories to debate degree funding cuts
The Conservatives will today join the growing swell of opposition to the government's decision to cut £100m in funding for second degrees. The Guardian.
[8th January 2008]

Podcasts replace essays in revamped A-level media studies
A very public feud between two philosophers shows how bitter, unforgiving - and unwittingly hilarious - academic spats can be. The Guardian
[7th January 2008]

Overstaying students 'can remain'
Immigration officers have been told not to deport foreign students who overstay their visas, unless they have broken other laws, a leaked memo reveals. BBC News
[7th January 2008]

Feedback must be top priority
It is students' single biggest gripe, and universities are rapidly waking up to the fact that, if they want to enhance that all-important "student experience", their lecturers must provide better feedback. THES
[4th January 2008]

Labs at risk from loss of expertise
University laboratories face a "demographic time bomb" as large numbers of technicians reach retirement age with no one to replace them. THES
[4th January 2008]

SA lecturer's 'freedom to criticise' verdict welcomed by UK
Academic freedom includes the right to criticise university managers, a High Court judge has ruled. THES
[4th January 2008]

Ministers encourage more teens to apply for university
The government launched a campaign today to encourage more young people with no family experience of university to consider going on to higher education. The Guardian
[4th January 2008]

Enemies of thought
A very public feud between two philosophers shows how bitter, unforgiving - and unwittingly hilarious - academic spats can be.
[4th January 2008]

Brown outlines overseas programme for pupils
The prime minister, Gordon Brown, announced today a global fellowship programme, which will see 100 school and college leavers each year visiting some of the major countries in the new global economy, such as Brazil, China and India.
[4th January 2008]

Job match site launched for students
A new "matchmaking" job website is offering students the chance to put their skills to work during the holidays? The Guardian
[2nd January 2008]

Women take longer to repay student loans
Women graduates face 16 years of student debt while men can expect to settle the bill for their education within 11 years, according to new figures which suggest the gender pay gap is keeping a generation of women in debt for longer. The Guardian
[2nd January 2008]

'Oxford' events firm under fire
Critics say a US company charging £1,500 per participant for Oxford- based conferences is trading on the institution's name. THES
[2nd January 2008]

Number of top earners doubles
The number of academic staff earning more than £50,000 a year has doubled in five years, the latest official figures show. THES
[2nd January 2008]

Government misses education goals
The government has missed or is set to miss more than half of its own targets to improve educational standards and children's well-being since 1998. BBC News
[2nd January 2008]

Universities warn of higher fees
Thousands of students will face increased tuition fees of more than £7,000 a year as a result of funding cuts, universities have warned. BBC News
[2nd January 2008]

Edinburgh V-C knighted in New Year Honours
A head teacher in a deprived part of London and a university vice-chancellor are among those knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours. The Guardian
[2nd January 2008]

Figures show academic pay is better than ever
Nearly one in five academics in England earns more than £50,000, according to the latest figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Guardian
[20th December 2007]

Ministers condemned for 'raiding' medical council's funds
MPs have accused ministers of taking £92m from the Medical Research Council (MRC) - and of planning to take millions more over the next three years - to balance the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills' (DIUS) books. The Guardian
[18th December 2007]

Diplomas 'will be worth more than A-levels'
A high-scoring diploma will count for more than three As at A-level in the new university admissions points system, in a move aimed at increasing the status and acceptance of the new qualifications. The Guardian
[18th December 2007]

Plea to make IT exempt from second degree funding cuts
The British Computer Society (BCS) has urged the government to add IT to the list of subjects that will be exempt from cuts to funding for people studying for second degrees, or face losing crucial expertise.The Guardian
[18th December 2007]

New body to oversee exam standards
The government today announced plans for a new independent regulator to ensure fairness and high standards in the curriculum, assessment and qualifications system. The Guardian
[18th December 2007]

England's arts face bloodiest cull in half a century as funds are cut for 200 groups
Nearly 200 arts organisations in England have been told that their funding will end from next April in the biggest and most bloody cull since the Arts Council was set up more than 50 years ago. The Guardian
[17th December 2007]

Nobel laureate accuses government of undervaluing science
Britain's latest Nobel laureate has criticised the government and civil service for not valuing science highly enough. The Guardian
[17th December 2007]

Universities fear massive cash loss
Immigration law reforms due to be introduced next year will put off lucrative foreign students, warn vice-chancellors. The Observer
[17th December 2007]

SNP proposal to abolish graduate 'tax' rejected
The Scottish National party's proposals to scrap the student graduate endowment "tax" thrown into doubt . The Guardian
[14th December 2007]

Denham defends degree funding cuts
The universities secretary to counter fierce condemnation of the government's plan to cut funding for second degrees. The Guardian
[14th December 2007]

Swivelchair activism
Are students these days too cool for political protest, or are they simply finding new ways to do it? The Guardian
[14th December 2007]

UK tumbles down education rankings
The UK tumbled down the world education rankings again as British teenagers fell behind their peers overseas in maths and reading. PA
[14th December 2007]

GuildHE: we can out-teach Oxbridge
Look out Oxbridge: the colleges of higher education and small specialist institutions in the GuildHE group can offer better teaching than Oxford and Cambridge universities, the group's new chair claimed this week. THES
[14th December 2007]

'Sad day for physics' as funding is decimated
The Science and Technology Facilities Council confirmed a package of funding cuts this week that, vice-chancellors said, raised "extreme concerns" over the future health of university departments. THES
[14th December 2007]

Lecturers with PhDs 'overqualified' for job
The PhD - seen as a foundation for an academic career - is becoming redundant for many lecturers as they are increasingly sidelined into teaching-only roles. THES
[14th December 2007]

HEPI has 'doubt' over citations
The quality of academics' research cannot be judged on the basis of the number of times their papers are cited by peers, a leading higher education think-tank has said. THES
[14th December 2007]




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