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For-profit buy-out bonanza forecast

The for-profit education sector is likely to boom over the next few years, an investment bank has predicted

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Subs plan could sink IT infrastructure, Hepi warns Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Report outlines the potential perils of a shift away from central funding for Jisc

Moocs ‘will not transform education’, says FutureLearn chief

14 Oct 2014 | By

Simon Nelson tells Times Higher Education podcast original claims were ‘overhyped and unrealistic’

Beware IT crowd: Facebook hubs may influence grades Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

Lecturers urged to consider impact of informal support groups for courses

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Purcell hit by Plymouth UCU 'no confidence' vote

31 Oct 2014 | By

Union members at Plymouth University have given their vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell, a vote of no confidence.

Cut departmental selfishness to cut costs, report advises Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Delft University of Technology report says universities could reduce estates footprint by 25 per cent via more space-sharing

Harvard president under pressure over corporate post

27 Oct 2014

By Ry Rivard, for Inside Higher Ed

More on university funding

QAA clears Anglia Ruskin after ‘dumbing down’ complaint

28 Oct 2014 | By

Former employee made claims about standards on electronics course

QAA ‘no match’ for rapid change in higher education sector Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

Hefce move could signal the end of single regulatory body

Swansea University passes QAA review after upscaling quarrel Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

Positive feedback as agency makes recommendations after controversy over student grades at the School of Management

More on quality & standards

For-profit buy-out bonanza forecast

01 Nov 2014 | By

The for-profit education sector is likely to boom over the next few years, an investment bank has predicted

QAA highlights private failures following Cable comments

08 Oct 2014 | By

Watchdog responds after business secretary’s ‘dross’ remark

Private college cleared by QAA after investigation

12 Sep 2014 | By

A private college has been cleared by the UK’s quality watchdog after it investigated claims over student recruitment and attendance

More on the private sector

Maths key to lack of women studying economics, says study

29 Oct 2014 | By

The small number of women taking maths at A level may explain why only about a quarter of economics students are female, a new study says.

University applicant numbers down for early deadline

23 Oct 2014 | By

The number of UK students applying to medical and dentistry schools, veterinary courses and Oxbridge has fallen by 5 per cent, new figures show.

Support levels diverge between post-1992s and Russell Group Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Students at post-1992 institutions will receive just a quarter of the help offered by older universities

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York to dock pay for staff joining UCU action

31 Oct 2014 | By

The University of York’s plans to withhold pay from staff joining a union marking boycott over pension cuts have been criticised as “bullying”.

Warning of a ‘winter of discontent’ over university pensions Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Institutions told that UCU members are prepared to ‘dig in’ on pensions reform ahead of November marking boycott at 69 campuses

Warwick’s Thomas Docherty could face £50,000 legal bill Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

The professor who was cleared of charges of undermining authority faces substantial costs after hiring barristers for tribunal

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