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Investigated private college granted further loan access

A private college that was the subject of a newspaper investigation has been given continued permission by the government to access public funds.

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UK students join Minerva Schools’ fledgling class Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

US for-profit start-up institution’s peripatetic, online-delivered degree draws undergraduates keen to try something different

University of Leeds lectures legal scholar over ‘political’ tweets Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Experts question ‘draconian’ social media policies after university rebukes academic questioning Theresa May’s policies

Moocs are free – but for how much longer? Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Monetising career development courses could be the next step for the university, says Stanford professor

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Concerns about Plymouth University chairman predate current crisis Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Board member made aware of claims related to ‘wider working practices’ in December 2012

Russell Group rated best at cat-herding, says study Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Research suggests some standard management techniques work on academics after all, and older institutions are most effective

Plymouth chair of governors to ‘stand aside’

21 Aug 2014 | By

Plymouth University’s chair of governors, William Taylor, is to “stand aside” pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment claims

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QAA to investigate Saudi students’ exam resits Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

University of Bedfordshire accused of giving those sponsored by Saudi Arabian government preferential treatment

Spike in NSS ‘yea-sayers’ could weaken survey data Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Hefce-commissioned report recommends adjusting questions to counter fears that survey is being filled in ‘without sufficient thought’

QAA launches inquiry into London branch campuses

24 Jun 2014 | By

Announcement follows immigration minister’s statement on student visa crackdown

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State turns to Pearson for help placing for-profit outcasts Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Thousands of students may be stranded as colleges lose student loan access

QAA has ‘no confidence’ in private college Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

London Oriental Academy banned from accessing SLC funds

Students at Pearson College get green light for SLC funds Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Private provider passes QAA’s new review, making domestic intake eligible for public funding

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University participation rate fell back in 2012-13

28 August 2014 | By

Introduction of higher fees led to a bulge in numbers the year before, report says

Mature student numbers ‘hit record level’

22 Aug 2014 | By

A record number of mature students have been accepted into higher education so far this year, new figures show.

Demand for STEM subjects holds up in wake of fees hike Subscription

21 August 2014 | By ,

But Hefce sounds alarm over the slump in foreign language students

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Big Brother professor ‘unfairly dismissed’

20 Aug 2014 | By

Tribunal rules Manchester wrongly sacked high-profile psychologist Geoff Beattie

University College London silent on fate of convicted professor Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Future of Gennadij Raivich, a neuroscientist with a sideline as a private sperm donor, uncertain after conviction for sexual assault

Strike action possible over LSE researcher pay Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Unions tell university that a resolution is not possible in dispute over new career structures

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