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Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech

Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Robin Thicke, Nietzsche and Page 3 do not, at first glance, appear to have a great deal to do with terrorism.

But there is a thread that links all three, suggests a new ranking -- freedom of speech. Thicke’s song "Blurred Lines" (accused by some campaigners of glorifying rape), a society dedicated to the German philosopher and The Sunhave all been banned from British universities. (...) - @insidehighered, by Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education, February 5, 2015

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[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price

[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editorial: Labour wants to do the right thing on university finance, but its failure to develop and promote its policy over the past three years is a serious error (...) - The Guardian, 2 February 2015

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[UK] Universities alarmed by Labour plan to cut tuition fees

Leading UK universities have warned Labour about the financial risks of cutting tuition fees a third to £6,000 (US$9,044) a year. The party is deciding whether to go ahead with a costly pre-election pledge intended to woo the middle class, write Helen Warrell and Elizabeth Rigby for the Financial Times. (...) - University World News, in Financial Times30 January 2015 Issue No:352

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[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest

[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

10 Warwick University students lodged complaints against West Midlands police and alleged ‘dangerous’ use of CS spray (...) - The Guardian, by rob Evans, 26 January 2015

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[UK] Sharp drop in part-time student enrolment since tuition fee rises

Part-time student enrolments in higher education fell by 22% in the two years since university tuition fees were allowed to triple, according to new figures released last Thursday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, or HESA. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley16 January 2015 Issue No:350

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[Report] University funding system in England is not sustainable

The funding system for higher education in England is not sustainable and a better funding model must be developed, according to a critical report by the Higher Education Commission.

The Coalition government’s decision to allow fees to triple in 2012-13, and the system of student loans and grants developed alongside the hike, was supposed to lead to a more marketised system of higher education, raising standards while pushing prices down, resulting in better qualified graduates for less money. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 18 November 2014 Issue No:344

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UK: Top universities battling for students

UK: Top universities battling for students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Anna Fazackerley: Members of the Russell Group have offered free flights, film passes and even bedding to woo high-achievers. (...) - By Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, 30 September 2014

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Scottish scientists look to a more independent future

Scottish scientists look to a more independent future | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite 'no' to independence, a promised push for decentralization could benefit research in Scotland and other UK regions.

 

In the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians made what some saw as panicked pre-vote pledges to give more autonomy to Scotland’s local government if it remained part of the United Kingdom. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 22 September 2014

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Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Britain now has one of the highest rates of university participation in the world – yet only one in four of those students reach the highest levels of literacy, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Many students fail to improve their key skills at all during their degrees. (...) - by Richard Garner, The Independent, 10 September 2014

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UK: Is it time to restructure our universities?

UK: Is it time to restructure our universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system, says Peter Scott. ...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, 2 September 2014

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UK: Government fees stance ‘incompatible with EU law’

A former judge of the European Court of Justice has said the Scottish government’s plan to continue its existing tuition fee policy after independence would be “incompatible” with European Union law and “could not survive challenge” in the courts, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.

Sir David Edward, who served in the court from 1992 to 2004, also said that the white paper blueprint for independence was “shot through with confusion, inconsistency and irrelevance” in its argument for maintaining the current arrangements. (...) - University World News, in Times Higher Education, 29 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Labour warns UK will lose global science lead without more investment

Labour warns UK will lose global science lead without more investment | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Shadow universities minister says Britain’s science base at risk if government doesn’t increase research spending. 

Britain’s science base will be in “real jeopardy” if the government does not commit to spending more in the years to come, warns Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow universities minister.

In an interview with the Guardian, Byrne says “we should not be under any illusion that our position in global science will slip” if the government does not prioritise investment. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian,, 28/08/2014

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UK government tightens student visa rules

From November, it will be even more difficult for Indian students to travel to the United Kingdom for education, writes Kounteya Sinha for TNN. Britain recently announced a fresh crackdown on student visas as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, education institutions can enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid. (...) - University World News, by TNN, 22 August 2014 Issue No:331

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[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve

[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Independent senators John Madigan and Ricky Muir come out more strongly against deregulation after attending regional universities forum (..) - The guardian, by Gabrielle Chan, 3 February 2015

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[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees

[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband can win the support of students by the getting the policy right – but there is clearly an impasse on the issue within the party (...) - The Guardian, by Patrick Wintour, 2 February 2015

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Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects

Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The CBI urges universities and companies to look at new models for partnerships, pointing to increased business interest in research collaborations (...) - The Guardian, by Rebecca Ratcliffe, 27 January 2015

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It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha

It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Sonia Sodha: Our higher learning model requires restructuring to ensure that students are equipped for work
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Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many of the UK’s leading universities are refusing to spell out just how they are spending their students’ £9,000 a year tuition fees.

The influential think-tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute, invited a range of institutions to explain how they were spending the money - but the majority, including almost all the of the country’s most select universities, declined to reply. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 05/01/2015

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The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world. (...) - Nature, 15 Octobre 2014

   

   
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How to survive going to university in London

How to survive going to university in London | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Are you starting a degree at a London uni? Are friends at other unis already having more fun? Fear not. There are huge advantages to being a student in the capital. (...) - by Tess Reidy, The Guardian, 27/09/2014

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UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees

UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities minister says he is ‘not persuaded’ by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs.

 

Universities minister Greg Clark has ruled out increasing tuition fees and making further cuts to higher education.

Speaking to vice-chancellors at Universities UK’s annual conference in Leeds, Clark said the current £9,000 fee “broadly covers the cost of education for most courses in most institutions and there are arrangements to support high-cost courses.” He said he’s “not persuaded” by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 10 September 2014

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Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back

Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The UK has a long tradition of online learning, but regulation and a shift in attitudes are needed to stay top on the international stage. (...) - by Nancy Coleman, The Guardian, 7 September 2014

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Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists

Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.

They voiced concerns that the institutions could lose billions of pounds of funding for research.

Several senior scientists have already been contacted by English universities because of the prospect of a yes vote in the referendum on 18 September, sources told The Guardian. (...) - by Ian Jihnston, The Independent, 31/08/2014

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UK: Public says foreign student numbers should not be cut

An overwhelming majority of the British public say the government should not reduce international student numbers – whether or not that limits the ability to cut the overall number of immigrants.

Even two thirds of Conservative voters are opposed to reducing student numbers, according to a new report by the think-tank British Future, and Universities UK, which represents the country’s universities. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 27 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Liam Byrne: ‘we need to put higher education at centre stage of policy’

Liam Byrne: ‘we need to put higher education at centre stage of policy’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

From new technical universities to a postgraduate loan, Claire Shaw talks to shadow universities minister about Labour’s plan for the sector.

Liam Byrne, shadow universities minister, has today outlined some options for reform of UK higher education. In the pamphlet, entitled Robbins Rebooted a reference to the Robbins report on university expansion in 1963, Byrne calls for drastic changes to be made to the sector.

He says we either watch the university system slowly go bust and lose its place as a global science leader, or choose a different path. “Unless we get smarter as a country, we will get poorer,” he adds. “But with big reform of our university system, not big spending, we can build a richer, fairer country.” (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 28 August 2014

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