Tag : Ian White

Vice-Chancellors Under Fire For Expenses

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Following two years of research and hundreds of freedom of information requests (FOIs), Channel 4’s Dispatches programme uncovered the extraordinary sums of money paid as expenses to Britain’s university vice chancellors. Given the ongoing strikes by lecturers over drastic changes to their pensions, as well as the large fees paid … Read More

Mixed Reception for May’s Higher Education Review

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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

Students Struggling to Pay Rent

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More than 17,000 students living in university accommodation fell behind on their housing payments last year, according to recent figures. A small but growing number of students are facing eviction. Last year, 97 students had their tenancies cancelled after being unable to pay their rent, up from 40 the previous … Read More

Suspect in ‘Axeman’ Case Named by Police

7 months ago / 0 comments

West Yorkshire Police would like to speak to David Riley, 36, from Harehills, following a series of incidents in the city on Saturday. A van hit a cyclist in Sheepscar at 17:30 GMT and then hit several more vehicles before being abandoned. Another van was then stolen after the occupants … Read More

Union Referendums Fail to Reach Required Turnout to Pass

8 months ago / 0 comments

Three referendums held by LUU last Autumn failed to pass because turnout fell far below the required 1,500 votes. Three questions were asked – Should we allow snacks in the library, Should LUU campaign for a transition to zero emission buses in Leeds and Should LUU lobby student accommodation providers … Read More

Government Urged to “Give North a Fair Deal on Transport”

8 months ago / 0 comments

Analysis by a leading think tank has shown that infrastructure spending in Yorkshire is lower than any other region and has urged the government to do more to increase transport spending across the North of England. According to a hard hitting report by IPPR North, transport spending in Yorkshire and the Humber amounts … 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

Universities Accused of Data Laws Breach

10 months ago / 0 comments

Several Russell Group Universities have been accused of screening former student’s data in order to identify those more likely to donate money as part of a recent fundraising initiative. Although profiling individuals for fundraising purposes isn’t illegal, it is illegal to do so without the individual’s prior knowledge, as has … 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