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Funding UK higher education: why we shouldn't copy Australia

Funding UK higher education: why we shouldn't copy Australia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adopting the Australian tuition fee system could result in poorer students staying away from expensive courses. 

A new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) recommends that UK policymakers pay much closer attention to Australia's "advanced" university funding system, which shares many of the features of the UK system, but at considerably lower taxpayer expense. (...) - by Gill Wyness & Richard Murphy, The Guardian, 28 April, 2014

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Is university expensive?

Is university expensive? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As I love infographics (even though I know they're often not the result of thorough research and their data typically does not hold together - but hey, they are pretty), I'm always on the hunt for interesting infographics about higher education. Recently, I came across the following infographic about the cost of graduate school. (...) - PhD Talk, April 27, 2014

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Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities are drowning in digital information. It's time senior leaders made openness – and its consequences – their concern.

Universities are digital machines these days. But many of the decisions that have to be made as a result are not technical at all. They are about the nature of research and its public benefits, about how learning and teaching takes place, and how we confront difficult ethical issues. Strategic choices that are made now will have significant implications for the ways in which knowledge will be created and shared in the future. (...) - by Martin Hall, The Guardian, 18 February 2014


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More UK students consider study abroad, but US numbers drop

The number of British students considering study overseas has increased by 17% in a year to more than one in three, a report by Education Intelligence, the British Council's higher education research division, has found.

A survey of 2,630 UK students found that 37% were considering overseas study, compared with 20% in March 2013. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 24 April 2014 Issue No:317

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Sweden: Government does about-turn on HE quality assurance

The Swedish government has done an about-turn on quality assurance in higher education, announcing that the current model is to be reviewed. Last weekend 37 rectors - all of the members of the Association of Swedish Higher Education, or SUHF - and Swedish National Union of Students chair Erik Arroy signed an article in Svenska Dagbladetstating: "We are fully capable of undertaking the quality assurance of our degrees and courses ourselves."(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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US: Why universities are under attack by hackers

Reports of university data breaches are becoming almost commonplace, writes Rick Dakin for http://FoxNews.com. Last month the University of Maryland reported that its system had been hacked for the second time in four weeks. Indiana University's server was breached in February, potentially exposing personal information of 146,000 students and recent graduates.

And earlier this month a systems breach at North Dakota State University compromised the personal information of more than 200,000 students, faculty and staff - but the hackers never took any of it. These attacks are probably just the beginning. (...) - University World News, by FoxNews.com, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Denmark: New plans to attract and retain talented non-Europeans

Three ministers have presented the Danish government's new plans to attract highly qualified people to the country and retain international students from outside Europe after graduation, including tax perks, a fast-track employment system and simplified immigration.

They were Tax Minister Morten Ostergaard, Minister of Employment Mette Frederiksen and Minister of Higher Education and Science Sofie Carsten Nielsen.(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 17 April 2014 Issue No:316

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UK: Lecturers’ pay may be docked for marking boycott

UK: Lecturers’ pay may be docked for marking boycott | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities throughout the UK have warned they will dock lecturers’ pay in an unprecedented move which threatens to bring the entire higher education system to a standstill.

University employers have made the dramatic move in the wake of a planned lecturers’ boycott of marking this year’s degrees in protest over being offered just a one per cent pay increase.

Employers’ leaders said they were forced to take drastic steps in the wake of the rise in tuition fees to £9,000 a year, because they feared students or parents could take legal action if they failed to try and ensure degrees were marked on time. (...) - by Richard Garner, The Independent, 11 April 2014

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UK: Danny Alexander refuses to rule out further tuition fees rise

UK: Danny Alexander refuses to rule out further tuition fees rise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister says party cannot guarantee fees will stay at £9,000 after next general election.

 

The Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister has said the party cannot rule out raising tuition fees higher than £9,000-a-year after the next election, despite the bitter row that engulfed the party when Nick Clegg abandoned a flagship pledge to oppose the policy in 2010.

In an interview with the Guardian, Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said he did not see at the moment any need to raise them but could not guarantee what Liberal Democrat policy would say going into the next election. (...) - by Rowena Mason & Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian, 11 April 2014

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[UK] Student: My debt is 'horrifying'

[UK] Student: My debt is 'horrifying' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The majority of students will still be paying off their loans in their 50s and may never repay it all, according to a report.

The study, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, suggested that three-quarters of graduates from England would have some of their loan written off.

Film and Media student Martha told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast reporter Rowan Bridge: "It's scary, it's horrifying. It's such a large amount of money - I don't know what I'm going to do."

Criminology student Georgia agreed, saying "I don't think I'll ever be able to pay it off." (...) - BBC, 10 April 2014

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US: Dwindling tenure posts

Tenure is dying out at US universities.

The proportion of non-tenure-track and non-tenured faculty posts continues to rise across all US institutions, finds a report by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington DC. Losing Focus : The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 201314 surveyed 1,159 public and private US institutions and found that the overall proportion of assistant professors in non-tenure-track posts was 23.4 for 201314, compared with 20.8 in 201011. Dwindling tenured and tenure-track posts threaten the ability of scientists to conduct research without interference from funders or administrators, says John Curtis, the report’s lead author and director of research and public policy for the AAUP (...)  - Nature via Collectif PAPERA, 09/04/2014

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Skills matter but we mustn't neglect the education in further education

Skills matter but we mustn't neglect the education in further education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diminishing the focus on education in favour of skills to plug economic needs will do long-term damage to the young people we serve, says college principal Ian Pryce. (...) - The Guardian, by In Pruce, 3 April 2014

 

 

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UK: Fees, tough visa rules blamed for foreign students dip

UK: Fees, tough visa rules blamed for foreign students dip | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A dip in international student recruitment – the first fall for 29 years – is raising questions for English universities and the United Kingdom government.

A study by the funding body for English universities demonstrates that growth in entrants to postgraduate taught courses in England fell by 1% (1,000 students) between 2010-11 and 2012-13. Universities elsewhere in the UK were not included. (...) – University World News, by David Jobbins, 2 April 2014 Issue No:314

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Boost for lower-income UK students keen to obtain 'debt-free degree'

Boost for lower-income UK students keen to obtain 'debt-free degree' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sutton Trust summer-schools scheme to encourage poorer students to higher education expands to world-class US universities.

"For me it was a no-brainer," Harvard student Gemma Collins said of her decision last year to reject a Cambridge University offer and head instead from Blackpool Sixth Form College to a fully-funded Ivy League education. (...) - by Lucy Ward, The Guardian, 27 April 2014

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Joining a start-up fresh out of university

Joining a start-up fresh out of university | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2009, Dan Senor and Saul Singer christened Israel the “Start-Up Nation” in their best-selling book, a title that Israelis have whole-heartedly embraced. The book details how Israel has experienced success in the high-tech sector, seeing hundreds of software and communications businesses start, many of which have flourished. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by julie Gould, 25 April 2014

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Research universities to shape Africa's future success

Research universities to shape Africa's future success | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recognition that universities - and research universities in particular - are critical to development and to building knowledge economies will enable Africa to grow its prosperity for the next 50 years, African Union chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said last week. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 25 April 2014 Issue No:317

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Survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans différents pays

Pour mieux comprendre les enjeux du financement des universités au Québec, l’Université du Québec a réalisé un survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur au Québec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en Colombie-Britanique, en Angleterre, en France, en Australie, au Texas, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Finlande, en Norvège et en Californie.  Ces travaux sont cités dans le rapport d’étape du Chantier sur la politique de financement des universités. (...) - L’éveilleur, par Lise Lafrance, 24/04/2014

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UK: Women in academia - Different views of success

The last 12 years has seen a plethora of writings on the experiences of women academics, describing how the challenges and barriers they face differ from their male counterparts. However, even earlier Nadya Aisenberg and Mona Harrington wrote in the 1988 study Women of Academe: Outsiders in the sacred grove about the difficulties women were overcoming to access the 'sacred grove' (academia) in the United States. (...)  - University World News, by Shima Barakat, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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UK: Graduate starting salaries tumble

New figures show that university leavers have seen starting salaries plummet over the past five years, reports Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.

Research by the Complete University Guidesays graduate starting salaries in professional posts fell by 11% in real terms, from GBP24,293 (US$40,840) to GBP21,702, between 2007 and 2012. That compares with a 4% fall in real terms between 2005 and 2010, the study says. (...) - University World News, by Times Higher Education, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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La Banque mondiale va lancer 19 centres d’excellence universitaires en Afrique de l’Ouest et centrale

La Banque mondiale va lancer 19 centres d’excellence universitaires en Afrique de l’Ouest et centrale | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le conseil des administrateurs de la Banque mondiale vient d’approuver le financement de 19 centres d’excellence au sein d’universités situés dans sept pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale, pour une enveloppe de 150 millions de dollars.

Selon un communiqué de la Banque mondiale, les centres sélectionnés sur concours bénéficieront d’un financement visant à soutenir des filières d’enseignement spécialisées dans les domaines de la science, de la technologie, de l’ingénierie et des mathématiques, mais aussi de l’agriculture et de la santé. (...) - Agene Ecofin, 17/04/2014

 

 

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Students: bring your own technology to uni

Students: bring your own technology to uni | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Asking students to use their own tech in lectures could save money, but will it damage attention spans?

A few years ago, if a student got their phone out in a lecture, this was quite a clear sign that they were no longer paying attention. But today, using a phone or tablet in the lecture hall is actually encouraged by universities, many of which are asking students to use their own technology to access learning resources. (...) - by Mirren Gidda, The Guardian, 11 April 2014

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University students will be repaying loans into their 50s, say researchers

University students will be repaying loans into their 50s, say researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government urged to rethink fees and loans system after study finds average student will graduate more than £44,000 in debt (...) - by Richard Adams, The Guardian, 10 April 2014

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So Much to Do, So Little Time

So Much to Do, So Little Time | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research shows professors work long hours and spend much of day in meetings

Professors work long days, on weekends, on and off campus, and largely alone. Responsible for a growing number of administrative tasks, they also do research more on their own time than during the traditional work week. The biggest chunk of their time is spent teaching. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, April 9, 2014

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Student debt rising

US postgraduate-student debt continues to escalate.

Education debt owed by US holders of master's degrees in science is snowballing, says a report from the New America Foundation, a non-profit public-policy group in Washington DC. Half of the graduates owed at least US36,000 in 2012, up 28 from 2008 levels. One-tenth owed 92,126 or more, up 36 from 2008. The proportion graduating with debt rose by almost 8, to 53.6, between those years. The Graduate Student Debt Reviewexamined data that the US Department of Education collects every four years. Report author Jason Delisle speculates that the increasing indebtedness will eventually spur government-led loan-forgiveness programmes. (...) - Nature 508, 277, 09 April 2014

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Manchester University move to scrap banking crash module angers students

Manchester University move to scrap banking crash module angers students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Course leaders cancelled the Bubbles, Panics and Crashes module developed as counterpoint to free-market teaching.

Manchester University bosses came under fire from angry economics students after they scrapped a groundbreaking course that examined the effects of the 2008 banking crash.

In an escalation of the crisis gripping university economics departments, the course leaders cancelled the Bubbles, Panics and Crashes module developed to answer protests at the dominance of orthodox free-market teaching. (...) - by Phillip Inman, The Guardian, 2 April 2014

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