Tag : higher education

Mixed Reception for May’s Higher Education Review

7 months ago / 0 comments

On Monday, Theresa May announced her plans for a higher education funding review that could lead to a reduction in tuition fees. Other plans for the review include her idea for a focus on vocational qualifications; suggesting that university should not be the sole choice, and education should instead be … Read More

University Strike Action Planned Over Pensions

7 months ago / 0 comments

The University and Colleges Union (UCU) has announced 14 days of strikes to commence on Thursday 22nd February. The strikes will take place over a month, beginning and ending with a five-day walkout. The University of Leeds is amongst 61 universities who will be taking part in the strikes, with … Read More

Academics Propose £10,000 For Every 18-Year-Old Considering Further Education

7 months ago / 0 comments

A team of academics from the UCL Institute of Education have proposed that £10,000 be given to every eighteen-year-old considering higher education. In a recently published report, A National Learning Entitlement: Moving Beyond University Tuition Fees, they recommend that the money be granted in two £5000 installments over two years … Read More

“Fast-track” for your money back?

8 months ago / 0 comments

As you may or may not know, the UK government is trying to introduce fast-track university degrees nationwide. The policy was a key focal point of the new Higher Education and Research Act, which was pushed through by parliament just prior to the snap election last June. The idea behind … Read More

New Universities Minister Appointed

8 months ago / 0 comments

In Theresa May’s January reshuffle of the Cabinet, Universities minister Jo Johnson has been replaced by Sam Gyimah. Taking a look at what plans Gyimah has for higher education, his appointment could signal, most prominently, a move to reduce tuition fees – a policy which both Johnson and the former … Read More

The Office for Students: What Is It?

8 months ago / 0 comments

The Office for Students (OfS) has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for all the wrong reasons, but what is the intended purpose of this new body? The government intends the OfS to be a body which regulates the higher education marketplace which combines the old HEFCE and … Read More

Four Year Degrees: the Answer to Britain’s Skills Shortage?

10 months ago / 0 comments

Over-specialisation at an early age is one reason behind Britain’s ongoing skills shortage, according to a former minister. Lord Willetts, a former minister for education, has claimed that the introduction of four year degrees would give students more of an opportunity to decide which course is right for them.  The … Read More

Concerns raised as university drop-out rates continue to rise

1 year ago / 0 comments

The proportion of students dropping out of university increased from 6.6% to 7.4% between 2012 and 2015, according to a report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF). In a report the SMF has urged universities to improve their retention rates, particularly among students from low income or ethnic minority backgrounds. The … Read More

Students who default on their loans should be arrested, claims Think Tank

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has suggested that students, and in particular those who come from the EU to study in Britain, should be arrested and prosecuted if they don’t pay back their student loans. If an overseas student goes back to their home country after graduation, or if … Read More

Brexit uncertainty and higher education

2 years ago / 0 comments

As we all know ‘Brexit’ has led to adjustments within our economy. However what you may not know is the effect these are set to have upon students. The value of our currency has dropped significantly, particularly against the US dollar, where the exchange rate is at a 31-year low! … Read More