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MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research

MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Money to be set aside for ‘blue skies’ fundamental research.

 

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in supporting “risky” research that might otherwise not be funded.

The two institutions will initially contribute $300,000 (£200,000) to spark collaborations between their academics, and have said they will invest more if the fund succeeds.

The MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund will cover small-scale experiments that are “early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’”, an announcement from Imperial said today. (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 5 2015

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[UK] Proposed student loan changes would affect women and poor most – study

[UK] Proposed student loan changes would affect women and poor most – study | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research finds George Osborne’s proposals to freeze the repayment minimum salary at £21,000 and replace grants with loans could significantly increase costs (...) - The Guardian, 24 September 2015

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Cambridge University may bring back entry exam as too many acing

The university has found it difficult to work out who the cleverest applicants are because so many of them get A* and A grades

 

Cambridge University is considering reintroducing an entrance exam because too many applicants get top marks in their A-levels, in a move that has raised concerns that state school pupils would be put at a disadvantage. (...) - The Independent, by Ian Johnston, 20 September 2015

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[UK] The budget-cutters are coming - and research has no place to hide

[UK] The budget-cutters are coming - and research has no place to hide | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ringfencing has protected research and science from waves of cuts, but the current spending review looks set to change all that (...) - The Guardian, by Mark Leach, 14 September 2015

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[UK] Is graduate over-qualification a problem?

A report last week from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, or CIPD, bemoans the problem of graduate over-qualification, stating that the UK has too many over-qualified graduates entering non-graduate jobs, not realising investment in higher education and creating an unnecessary debt burden for too many young people entering the labour market. (...) - University World News, by

Michelle Paterson, 20 August 2015 Issue No:378
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The great beyond: will the UK science budget be cut by 40%?

The great beyond: will the UK science budget be cut by 40%? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jenny Rohn: Any change in a government brings uncertainty. For scientists in Britain, the waiting game ahead of the November spending review is turning into a nail-biter (...) - The Guardian, by Jenny Rohn, 30 July 2015

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[UK] A guide to the government's new rules for international students

[UK] A guide to the government's new rules for international students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Home secretary Theresa May has just announced new immigration rules that will make life harder for many international students in the UK (...) - The Guardian, by Natalie Gil, 29 July 2015

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[UK] Government to ‘open higher education market’ to new providers

[UK] Government to ‘open higher education market’ to new providers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Changes to degree-awarding powers that will step up competition for universities heralded in Productivity Plan. (...) - Times higher Education, par John Morgan, July 10 2015

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Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research

Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Letter: In British universities, innovation, creativity, originality and critical thought, as well as notions of social justice, are being threatened by marketisation (...) - The Guardian, Letter from 121 professors, 6 July 2015

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[UK] Universities minister doesn’t rule out raising tuition fees

[UK] Universities minister doesn’t rule out raising tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jo Johnson says government is committed to ‘stable funding regime’ when Labour invites him to banish talk of fees increase or changes to student loan terms. (...) - The Guardian, by Frances Perraudin, 30 June 2015

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[UK] Student tuition fees could rise again, the former University Minister warns

[UK] Student tuition fees could rise again, the former University Minister warns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A warning that student fees could rise again was delivered by former Universities Minister David Willetts as he insisted the ceiling of £9,000 a year could not be held indefinitely. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 17 June 2015

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[UK] Universities demand new system of grading of degrees

A new international-style grade point average, or GPA, scheme should be introduced to give graduates and employers a more detailed and accurate picture of how individuals performed throughout their studies, according to a new report published on 28 May.

But it should be tested for a trial period of five years alongside traditional degree classifications of first class, upper second (2:1), lower second ( 2:2) and third class, rather than simply replace it, says the report published by the Higher Education Academy on behalf of the GPA Advisory Group. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 29 May 2015 Issue No:369

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[UK] What we learned from occupying our university

[UK] What we learned from occupying our university | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our occupation at the London School of Economics ended successfully, but the global free education movement will continue. (...) - The Guardian, 13 May 2015

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Higher university fees reduce applications and attendance

Higher university fees reduce applications and attendance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Filipa Sá uses the variation in the level of university fees between England and Scotland over time to measure the effect of fees on university applications, course choice and attendance. She finds that applications decrease by about 1.6% for a £1,000 increase in fees and courses that lead to lower salaries and lower employment rates after graduation are more sensitive to changes in fees. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Filipa Sa, 2015/10/04

 

 

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[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’

[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Charities blame widening gap between their grants and full costs of research (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, September 24 2015

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British universities slip down in global rankings

British universities slip down in global rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Change in methodology used to rate institutions means only Cambridge University makes it into top five (...) - The Guardian, by Sally Weale, 15 September 2015

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[UK] Minister blasts patchy quality of university teaching

Teaching has been neglected in the pursuit of brand reputation via international rankings in parts of the United Kingdom’s higher education system, and the patchiness of teaching quality is damaging the reputation of UK universities, the minister for universities and science told university leaders last Wednesday.(...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 09 September 2015 Issue No:381

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Leaving the EU would drive away talented foreign scientists

Leaving the EU would drive away talented foreign scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A Brexit would put the UK’s academic success at risk as European research stars go elsewhere (...) - The Guardian, by Nerea Irigoyen and Eduardo Oliver, 18 August 2015

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Tuition fees: UK universities set to charge £10,000 by end of the decade, says major report

Tuition fees: UK universities set to charge £10,000 by end of the decade, says major report | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

UK universities are set to charge £10,000 a year for student fees by the end of the decade, according to a newly-published major report. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 30 July 2015

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[UK] Funding reforms mean 'substantially higher debt for poorest students'

[UK] Funding reforms mean 'substantially higher debt for poorest students' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ardian)Institute for Fiscal Studies says chancellor’s changes to maintenance grants will ‘increase cost of higher education’ (...) - The Guardian, by Phillip Inman, 21 July, 2015

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[UK] 'The poorest students will leave university with the biggest debts'

[UK] 'The poorest students will leave university with the biggest debts' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Converting maintenance grants to loans is unlikely to reduce government spending and may deter less well-off people from going to university (...) - The Guardian, by Nick Hillman, 8 July 2015

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[UK] Universities must prove they are excellent at teaching, minister says

[UK] Universities must prove they are excellent at teaching, minister says | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An national audit of the teaching offered at universities will provide more information to future students and help drive up standards (...) The Guardian, by Rebecca Ratcliffe, 1 July 2015

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[UK] Rise in student complaints against universities

Figures from 2014 reveal that more than 2,000 students submitted complaints against universities in the UK, up 3% on last year and the highest number recorded in the report's 10-year history, writes Josie Gurney-Read for The Telegraph.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator, or OIA, reported that the highest number of complaints were made regarding academic grades and degree classifications awarded, while issues with the university and finances made up a smaller percentage of concerns. Higher education professionals have put the rise down to students "demanding more from their courses" in light of the increased fees. (...)  - University World News, by The Telegraph, 27 June 2015 Issue No:373

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British universities prepare for American-style grade point averages

British universities prepare for American-style grade point averages | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(...) - InsideHigherEd, by Jack Grove for THE, June 4, 2015

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UK universities slow to publish reports of misconduct investigations

Few institutions have followed research integrity guidelines to the letter.

 

Just a fraction of universities in the United Kingdom have made public the extent of their investigations into research misconduct, a survey has found — even though all have been told that they should do so. (...) - by Elizabeth Gibney, Nature, 14 May 2015

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