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England forges ahead with uni commercialisation

Amid the global, pre-Royal Wedding fervour, the English government made significant higher education reforms. First, on 1 January this year, it founded the Office for Students (OfS): a new university watchdog. Then, in mid-February, it announced the "biggest shake-up to higher ...

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UK staff numbers drop

Employment at UK higher education institutions has fallen for the second consecutive year, new figures show. Data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show 3540 fewer staff were employed at publicly funded higher education institutions in 2011-12 compared with ...

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UK to check private providers

In the UK ministers have introduced a system of “due diligence checks” for private higher education providers, it has emerged, as new figures show that the number of their students accessing state-funded loans has nearly doubled in a year. The ...

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British unis seek leniency on immigration

Universities UK is appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to remove overseas students from the net immigration count, ahead of a possible backlash against the sector arising from the next batch of immigration figures. Eric Thomas, president of UUK, said ...

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UK elite fare badly on widening access

Almost all the UK’s Russell Group universities have failed to reach independently set levels for admitting pupils from state schools and poorer backgrounds, new figures show.  Of the 20 large research-intensive universities, only the universities of Sheffield and Liverpool reached ...

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Sum of us, not some of us: mathematicians

 Leading academics are calling for a campaign to make maths appeal to students and increase the number of teachers. By Jennifer Bennett. The federal government should appoint a national adviser in mathematics and set up a campaign to raise awareness ...

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