Professor Edward Acton analyses the Government's proposals to class international students as migrants with the resulting restriction on student visas, and shows the devastating effect this will have on the recruitment of international students and so the financial health of universities, as well as the damage it will cause to the UK economy.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014. The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The exercise will be managed by the REF team based at HEFCE and overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.
David Willetts, the universities and science minister, said Hefce needed to shift from being a "grant-giving quango" to become more of a "classic regulator", whose powers were derived from determining which institutions could ...
This has resulted in a very different campus culture emerging over the past twenty years – where it was once an adversarial relationship, students' unions are now seen as partners in ensuring a high-quality student experience.