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MPs not impressed with university efficiency

Fewer than four out of 10 MPs think that UK universities do a good job of using their funding efficiently, according to a new poll

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Tech should not replace traditional learning, say students

31 Jan 2015 | By Harriet Line

In the 21st century digital age, many universities are falling over backwards in a bid to attract students through their technology offering.

Holocaust Memorial Day: FutureLearn launches Moocs on atrocity

27 Jan 2015 | By Matthew Field

The online learning platform FutureLearn has launched two free courses exploring the history of the Holocaust

Online class sizes ‘may not matter’

05 Jan 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

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Comparing degree standards: assumptions to be ‘re-tested’

15 Jan 2015 | By

Three of the UK’s funding bodies want to “re-test assumptions” about the importance of comparability of standards across the sector’s institutions

HE in FE report finds room for improvement

19 Dec 2014 | By

Nearly one in three English further education colleges offering higher education that were reviewed last year have been told to make improvements

Brazil's main concern is research quality at its universities, says adviser Subscription

13 November 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Rise in the number of private institutions is blamed for slipping standards

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Government announces new rules for private colleges

29 Jan 2015 | By

The government has announced a series of new restrictions on private colleges, including “rapid response” investigations of fraud allegations.

St Patrick’s College students top private loans bill Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Students at college are accessing nearly £96m of SLC funding

Baroness Blackstone criticises ‘lousy’ private colleges

28 Jan 2015 | By

Students enrolling at ‘lousy’ private colleges should not be allowed to access public funding, a former education minister and vice-chancellor has said

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Grant letter: funding stable, but uncertainty for next year

30 Jan 2015 | By

University funding levels will remain broadly similar next year to those announced in 2014, the government’s annual grant letter has today confirmed

Philanthropy will flourish despite £9,000 fees, say sector heads Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Alumni expected to become lifelong investors in higher education, UUK and CASE Europe conference hears

Graham Upton named as interim Glyndwr v-c

27 Jan 2015 | By

Glyndwr University has named Graham Upton, the former vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, as its interim vice-chancellor

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Undergraduate applications hit record number, says Ucas

30 Jan 2015 | By

But experts warn numbers are disguising fall in part-time and mature applicants

Student admissions bounce back after 2012 slump Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Ucas figures show domestic intake increased by 14,000 students in 2014

Free school meal pupils ‘half as likely’ to attend Russell Group university

28 Jan 2015 | By Harriet Line

School pupils eligible for free school meals are half as likely to go to a Russell Group university after completing A levels, new figures suggest

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University of Birmingham curtails ties with local UCU

30 Jan 2015 | By

Move follows row over ‘shadow’ disciplinary panel set up in reaction to institution’s performance management

Warwick’s costs pass £100K as it foots Thomas Docherty’s legal bill Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Picking up professor’s tab for defending himself in tribunal adds £66,000 to university’s expenses arising out of suspension

University staff back revised USS reform plan

26 Jan 2015 | By

Staff at pre-1992 universities have voted by two to one in favour of accepting plans to end the country’s largest private final salary pension scheme

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