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Labour and Tories not backing up ‘warm words’ on science

The two main parties’ manifestos have a mismatch between rhetoric and commitment to investment in science and engineering, an analysis has suggested.

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Tuition fees hike hit courses with low salary expectations: study

06 Apr 2015 | By

Researcher says findings indicate variable fees may be preferable

Poorer students ‘not studying key A levels’ for selective universities

17 Mar 2015 | By

Just a third of bright teenagers from poorer backgrounds take an A level likely to help them attend a selective university, a study says

Proportion of top BTEC students doubles: Hefce report

26 Feb 2015 | By

Students taking BTEC vocational qualifications are more than twice as likely to score top marks as they were seven years earlier, says a new study.

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Islanders must know that a UK degree pays, says QAA Subscription

16 April 2015 | By

Universities awarding qualifications to those studying in the Caribbean must do more to monitor graduate employability

‘Failing’ institutions will not be fined Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Proposal for financial penalties to maintain standards is rejected following sector-wide consultation

Million+ wary of biddable regulatory superpower Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Response to Hefce consultation on quality assurance raises fears of an all-powerful regulator susceptible to political influence

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Private college approved for public loan funding despite concerns Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

QAA to review AA Hamilton College after identifying ‘a number of significant weaknesses’

Ups and downs: £7m profit and inquiries at St Patrick’s Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

SLC fee payments to private college suspended pending BIS investigation with a QAA report expected in April

Private college ‘fiasco’ could cost £100 million, suggests Hodge

17 Mar 2015 | By

The public cost of the coalition government’s private college “fiasco” could be in the region of £100 million

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Universities make 0.9% pay offer to staff

27 Apr 2015 | By

Employers have called on unions to “consider carefully the real value” of a 0.9 per cent pay offer for university employees.

Bolton student describes aftermath of sackings

24 Apr 2015 | By

An undergraduate taught by the recently dismissed University of Bolton lecturer Damien Markey has described how the decision has affected students.

Salford staff to strike over sackings

22 Apr 2015 | By

UCU claims two members may have been targeted for ‘role in union’

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Moocs: fluctuating rates in online investment Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

THE study determines average cost of creating a course for the FutureLearn platform

Learning how to learn: beyond the ‘math and science death march’ Subscription

16 April 2015 | By

Procedural fluency key to effective STEM teaching, co-creator of top-ranking Mooc tells Chris Parr

Failing to share publicly funded HE resources ‘immoral’

15 Apr 2015 | By

Spending public money on higher education resources that cannot be shared openly borders on being “immoral and unethical”, a conference has heard.

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Salford confirms Helen Marshall as v-c

27 Apr 2015 | By

The University of Salford has confirmed that Helen Marshall will remain as its vice-chancellor on a permanent basis.

Soas to divest from fossil fuel industry

24 Apr 2015 | By

Soas, University of London, is to divest from fossil fuels within the next three years after the institution’s governing body today approved the decision.

King's expansion 'will create blander London'

20 Apr 2015 | By

Plans by King’s College London to demolish historic buildings in a multimillion pound redevelopment of its Strand campus have been criticised by a conservation group

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