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UK: University bosses accused of bullying over strikes and pay

UK: University bosses accused of bullying over strikes and pay | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

At least 11 universities threatening to dock day's pay from any staff taking part in two-hour lunchtime walkout.

University bosses have been accused of "penny-pinching and bullying", in a dispute over a strike by academics.

Across the country, thousands of lecturers are set to walk out for two hours on Thursday 23 January, over a pay dispute. But at least 11 universities have told staff that they will have their pay docked for the entire day if they go on strike. (...) - by Martin Williams, The Guardian, 21 January 2014

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Should universities ban part-time work for students?

Should universities ban part-time work for students? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Can a part-time job help when you graduate or should students be fully focused on their studies? Two students debate the issue.

Natalie Gil was told she couldn't work part-time while at university, Alexa-Jane Moore says working alongside her studies is a boost to her employability. Here they share their viewpoints. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.(...) - by Natalie Gil and Alexa-Jane Moore, The Guardian, 16 January 2014

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UK: University staff to strike over 1% pay offer

UK: University staff to strike over 1% pay offer | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students face disruption over planned wave of strikes including boycott of exam marking by University and College Union.

Students across the UK face disruption to lectures and tutorials as university staff stage a fresh series of walkouts in a continuing row over pay.

The University and College Union has announced it is planning a series of two-hour strikes aimed at disrupting teaching. (...) - Press Association, The Guardian, 15 January 2014

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Government promises to pursue British graduates living abroad who default on their student loan payments

Government promises to pursue British graduates living abroad who default on their student loan payments | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Universities Minister David Willetts promised to extract payments through courts in "the EU and elsewhere"

British graduates who end up living overseas are more likely to fail to pay off their debts than overseas students, MPs were told yesterday.

Universities Secretary David Willetts told the Commons select committee covering higher education that he was prepared to tackle those who defaulted on their fee repayments through the courts - either in the UK or abroad - if necessary. (...) - by Richard Garner, The Independent, 14 January 2014

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How Science Communication Can Help Build Public Support for Science Funding

How Science Communication Can Help Build Public Support for Science Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Any scientist can tell you that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get research grants, which are the lifeblood of research programs at universities and other institutions. But there are things that can be done to boost public support for research funding, and they all involve science communication. (...) - by Matt Shipman, SciLogs blog 'Communication breakdown', 13 January 2014

 

 

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University applications by UK students down 1% on last year

University applications by UK students down 1% on last year | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ucas interim figures come a month after George Osborne announced cap on the number of undergraduates to be axed.

University applications by UK students have dropped by 1% from 264,860 at this time last year to 263,460, according to latest figures released by Ucas. Overall 303,750 people submitted university applications by 16 December 2013. Updated figures will be announced after the final Ucas deadline on 15 January. (...) - by Abby Young-Powell and Libby Page, The Guardian, 3 January 2014

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Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities

Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Record numbers of students enrolled at UK universities this autumn - thanks to thousands of A-level students with lower grades than previous years being snapped up for places, it emerged on Thursday. (...) -  by Richard Garner, The Independent, 18/12/2013

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UK: How small businesses can collaborate with universities

UK: How small businesses can collaborate with universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There are many ways for SME owners to get involved with university researchers, entrepreneurs and young talent.

Last year small- and medium-sized enterprises spent £193m working with higher education institutions in the UK, but that pales in comparison to the public sector, charities and social enterprises who invested £1,288m to access the latest in research, innovation and graduate talent. (...) by Dr David Docherty, 9 December 2013

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Britain's economic recovery failing to boost graduate job prospects

Britain's economic recovery failing to boost graduate job prospects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite what Osborne says, many people with degrees are being forced to take low-skilled roles away from their expertise (...) - by Katie Allen, The Guardian, 5 December 2013

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US faculties: Inequalities at work

Policy reform needed to boost numbers of minority female science-faculty members.

Women of colour comprised 5.7% of US science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) academic faculty members with doctorates in 2010, a report says; white men made up 58%. Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEMadds that the low numbers and restricted advancement of minority women on STEM faculties limit innovation and role models. It notes that university leadership should value diversity, but women of colour must cut time spent on committee service and mentoring, learn how job duties count towards tenure and pay rises, and welcome help, says Barbara Gault, co-author of the report and vice-president of the non-profit Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington DC. - Nature 504, 179, 04 December 2013

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University collaboration must become the norm to cut costs, not standards

University collaboration must become the norm to cut costs, not standards | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Working together can be a tough sell, says Florence Gregg – but it's about understanding when collaboration is appropriate.

Our universities are going through a period of unprecedented change, from uncertainty around future higher education funding to a falling, yet ever more demanding, student intake. All of this has created financial pressures on a scale never seen before. (...) - by Florence Gregg, The Guardian, 25/11/2013

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UK: Student loans worth £900m to be sold off

UK: Student loans worth £900m to be sold off | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sale covers mortgage-style debt mainly from 1990s as interest rate rise is ruled out for existing graduates (...) - by Patrick Wintour, The guardian, 25 november 2013

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UK: Does anyone care if academics go on strike?

UK: Does anyone care if academics go on strike? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We ask university lecturers and others in the higher education sector who cares if academics stop work (...) - by Harriet Swain, The Guardian, 18 November 2013

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Professors' pay dispute with British universities escalates - as academics threaten to stop marking students' final exams

Professors' pay dispute with British universities escalates - as academics threaten to stop marking students' final exams | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Thousands of students will find their lectures and tutorials abandoned in a major escalation of the university lecturers' strike over pay set to start next week.
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Higher fees led to 17% drop in UK undergraduates

Higher fees led to 17% drop in UK undergraduates | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There was a 17% fall in the number of first year undergraduates at UK universities in the first year of higher tuition fees, new figures show.

 

In 2012-13 UK universities were allowed to treble their yearly fees to £9,000.

The government acknowledged the fall but stressed that demand for full time higher education has already "returned to record levels". (...) - by Patrick Howse, BBC news, 16 January 2014

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UK: University staff plan walkouts

UK: University staff plan walkouts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students at UK universities face major disruption to their studies as university staff stage a fresh series of strikes in a continuing pay row.

The University and College Union (UCU) has said it plans a wave of two-hour strikes aimed at disrupting teaching.

The union said it would also consider a boycott of exam marking, potentially leaving students without the final marks they need to get a degree.

Employers said they were disappointed by the move, which targeted students.(...) - BBC News, 15 January 2014

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[UK] Universities are still best place to train teachers, report says

[UK] Universities are still best place to train teachers, report says | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new report backs up academics' fears about the coalition policy of shifting more teacher training into schools.

For months, university leaders have been moaning about the increasing transfer of control of teacher-training programmes in England from universities to schools.

While most have insisted their concerns are for the future of English education, their objections have also carried a strong whiff of self-interest: the changes introduced by the government involve increasing the number of training places available in schools through the School Direct programme and cutting those funded through universities, leaving them at the mercy of schools' desires rather than their own strategic planning. (...) - by Harriet Swain, The Guardian, 14 January 2014

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Nordic university reforms, diversification to continue

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have escaped the economic crisis cutbacks that have hit higher education in Europe, and have instead enjoyed expanding budgets. But governments are looking at ways for universities to supplement their funding, to ease the burden on state finances.

University World Newsprobed Scandinavian higher education’s prospects for 2014 and talked to several professors and rectors about the challenges ahead. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 January 2014 Issue No:302

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Higher cost no guarantee of higher education quality

The former education advisor to Tony Blair's Labour administration told an international higher education conference in London that higher prices for a university degree should not be seen as any guarantee that students were getting better quality education.

Sir Michael Barber, co-author of the far-reaching report An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead, was speaking at the opening of a conference on “The International Higher Education Revolution: Impacts on mobility, qualifications, networks”, staged in London by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, or OBHE, from 11-12 December. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 20 December 2013 Issue No:301

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Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance

Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Organisation requests advice from Equality and Human Rights Commission after controversy over its advice.

Universities UK has asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to seek a legal ruling on the education body's published guidance permitting the voluntarily segregation of men and women at campus events. (...) - by Peter Walker, The Guardian, 12 December 2013

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University places restriction lifted and funded by student loans sell-off

University places restriction lifted and funded by student loans sell-off | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Chancellor says end of 'cap on aspiration' funded by selling loan book, but critics question sustainability of annual £700m needed (...) - by Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian, 5 December 2013

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Should British universities grade students using an American-style system?

Should British universities grade students using an American-style system? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It has taken almost a decade of discussion, but it appears that the time has come for reform of degree classifications.
If a pilot being run by the Higher Education Academy produces a workable solution, it will be goodbye Firsts, 2.1s and 2.2s, and hello to the US-style grade point average (GPA). (...)  by Nucy Hodges, The Independent, 04 December 2013

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Denmark: Thousands of students protest against study time cuts

 Some 9,000 students took to the streets last Wednesday to protest against Copenhagen University’s plans to adopt ‘student progress’ measures. The government passed reforms last April that will financially punish universities if students take too long to graduate. (...) - by

Jan Petter Myklebust, 28 November 2013, Issue No:298
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French universities: when autonomy rhymes with bankruptcy

French universities: when autonomy rhymes with bankruptcy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
French universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpufFrench universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpufFrench universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpuf

French universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. (...) - Euroscientist, by Anne Fraïsse, November 20th, 2013

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Half of recent UK graduates stuck in non-graduate jobs, says ONS

Half of recent UK graduates stuck in non-graduate jobs, says ONS | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Percentage of recent graduates working in jobs which do not require degree up to 47% from 39% before financial crisis. 

Almost half of recent graduates in the UK are in non-graduate jobs, according to official data that has underscored the challenges facing young people entering the labour market.

The proportion of recent graduates working in jobs for which a higher educational background is not usually required was 47% this year, up sharply from 39% before the financial crisis struck. Most of the increase has come since the 2008/9 recession, the Office for National Statistics said. (...) - By Katie Allen, The guardian, 19 Novembre 2018

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