Higher Education in the United Kingdom
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English universities face new budget and enrollment realities

English universities face new budget and enrollment realities | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

The first year of the British government's new fees and funding system is expected to cost some of the England's newest universities (those created after 1992) almost 13 percent of their undergraduate intake and up to 46 percent of their direct government grant.

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UK announces changes to visa application process

Timothy Hughes, Entry Clearance Officer at the British Embassy in Moscow, delivered a presentation on behalf of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to announce new visa changes at the recent ICEF Moscow Workshop, where hundreds of educators from approximately 30 countries around the world met quality student recruitment agents from Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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30,000 more international students expected to join UK universities in next decade

30,000 more international students expected to join UK universities in next decade | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

The number of international students choosing to study in Britain is set to rise faster than overseas student enrolments anywhere else in the world outside of Australia, according to a new study from the British Council.

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How modern universities have transformed higher education

How modern universities have transformed higher education | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it
To mark the 20th anniversary of the FE and HE acts being passed, Pam Tatlow celebrates their achievements...
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Postgraduate study is neglected

Postgraduate study is neglected | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

UK Universities warn of a crisis in postgraduate education, saying it has been neglected by successive governments.

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One in four university courses axed in England but few cut in Scotland

The number of full-time undergraduate courses on offer at UK universities has fallen by more than a quarter (27%) since 2006, according to a new report published by the University and College Union.

 

Of the four UK countries, England has suffered the greatest reduction in choice at a time when tuition fees are about to rise to as much as £9,000 (US$14,000) a year.

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Lack of higher education funding could stifle UK's creative industries

Lack of higher education funding could stifle UK's creative industries | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

Despite their robust contribution to the economy, creative and digital courses still miss out on funding, says Kim Catcheside...

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British universities are in need of a teaching revolution

British universities are in need of a teaching revolution | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

It's time that institutions and staff start taking risks in the lecture hall. The UK needs to give students the responsibility to engage, says Pam Tatlow

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Master's courses in UK get boost from recession

Master's courses in UK get boost from recession | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

Part-time postgraduate courses in the UK are seeing a huge boost in popularity as people change careers.

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Times Higher Education - Applications fall 10 per cent in England

Data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service reveal the number of UK applicants dropped from 506,488 to 462,507 – a decrease of 43,881 – as maximum tuition fees are trebled this autumn to £9,000.

 

Applications from English students fell even more sharply, decreasing by 9.9 per cent from 426,208 applicants in the 2011 cycle to 384,170 this year – a drop of 42,038.

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UK Universities offer fewer places in most universities

UK Universities offer fewer places in most universities | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

Most universities in England are going to have fewer places to offer students this year, as the funding changes in higher education are implemented.

 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England suggests that about three out of four universities could reduce places - some by more than 10%.

 

But there will be an increase in degree courses in further education colleges.

Universities Minister David Willetts said there would be more choice in this "student-focused" reform.

 

In separate figures published on Wednesday, the proportion of young people participating in higher education stalled at 47% - the first time in recent years that the number has not risen.

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UK house Lords calls for greater UK-EU mobility

UK house Lords calls for greater UK-EU mobility | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

A House of Lords sub-committee today called on the British government to make language learning compulsory in UK primary and secondary schools as one of a range of proposals to improve UK student mobility to the EU.

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UK - Budget package holds £100m for research

UK - Budget package holds £100m for research | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

In his Budget speech to Parliament today, George Osborne unveiled the funding, which the government hopes will allow universities to “leverage” another £200 million from the private sector and charities to support long-term research partnerships.

 

Saying that he wanted to “turn Britain into Europe’s technology centre”, Mr Osborne claimed that creating facilities such as the Francis Crick Institute in St Pancras – a new medical research centre due to open in central London in 2015 – would help achieve that goal.

 

After the Budget announcements, David Willetts, universities and science minister, said: “As part of our drive in bringing together the business, charity and university sectors, this new £100 million investment could bring in upwards of £200 million additional private funding to help stimulate innovation and secure our high-tech future.”

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Universities scramble for information on postgraduates

Universities scramble for information on postgraduates | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

Fear that fee increases could wipe out demand for many postgraduate courses is prompting the government and universities to find out about postgraduates' backgrounds...

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Rise in EU students applying to Scottish universities

Rise in EU students applying to Scottish universities | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

There has been a 6% rise in the number of European Union students applying to Scotland's universities this autumn.

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Rules of student attraction

Rules of student attraction | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it

In such a competitive marketplace, how can universities ensure they attract and retain the best candidates?

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Decline in bursaries will hit students

Decline in bursaries will hit students | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it
Government policy is driving universities to offer applicants fee waivers, but what poorer undergraduates really need is cash now to help them with their basic living expenses...
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The fight against bogus degrees in higher education

The fight against bogus degrees in higher education | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)The fight against bogus degrees in higher educationThe Guardian (blog)I head up the team that develops and manages QAA's national and international partnerships and participation in quality assurance networks.

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Private higher education colleges face “devastation” due to international student visa clampdown

Private higher education colleges face “devastation” due to international student visa clampdown | Higher Education in the United Kingdom | Scoop.it
According to a report from a policy thinktank, private higher education colleges in the UK face being “devastated” by last year’s government clampdown on overseas students.
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Times Higher Education - One-sixth of UK degree students prefer to have the best of British abroad

The days when international students flooded into the UK to study at its world-renowned universities may not be over, but the dynamics are rapidly changing.

 

According to statistics published last week, the number of people studying overseas for a complete British higher education qualification rose by 23 per cent last year and now equates to one-sixth of all students taking UK awards.

 

Such courses are typically cheaper than those delivered in the UK and allow students to stay closer to home while avoiding the UK's visa regime.

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