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Labour big beast Clarke savages possible £6k policy

A former Labour education secretary has warned his party not to reduce tuition fees to £6,000.

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Making Moocs social is the next challenge Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Finding ways to engage thousands of people in discussion online is set to change the higher education landscape

Cybersecurity skills need boost in computer science degrees

12 Nov 2014 | By

University computer science courses are failing to make clear the need to develop skills in cybersecurity, leaving the UK with a shortage of experts

Bean warns universities over digital ‘irrelevance’

08 Nov 2014 | By

Open University chief uses parting message to urge continued innovation

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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

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

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BIS tight-lipped over private refusals Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Two big providers again make the designated list but few details offered about others

Private medical college decries poor diagnosis Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

University of Buckingham says academic standards at Medipathways College, whose courses it validates, ‘remain strong’ despite QAA report

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

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UCL and IoE confirm merger date

25 Nov 2014 | By

University College London and the Institute of Education have confirmed they will merge next week

‘Potatoes goin’ to potate’: Nigel Piercy has a dig at critics Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Dean of Swansea School of Management used ‘unsupportive’ language to dismiss student complaints

Vote of no confidence in Northampton vice-chancellor Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

UCU passes motion as government guarantees £230 million public bond to fund Waterside campus

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Ucas stats: 15,000 more male applicants have physics A level

21 Nov 2014 | By

There are about 15,000 more 18-year-old boys with an A level in physics applying to university than girls, according to new statistics

Higher fees have not dampened long-term demand, says Ucas

07 Nov 2014 | By

Higher tuition fees in the UK have not slowed the long-term trend of increasing demand for university education, according to a new analysis by Ucas.

Poorer students ‘less likely to graduate with a good degree’

04 Nov 2014 | By

Students from poorer backgrounds are more likely to drop out from university and less likely to graduate with a good degree, according to research.

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Marking boycott over USS reform suspended

20 Nov 2014 | By

Industrial action called over the reforms to pre-1992 university pensions has been suspended.

UCU accused of betrayal over university pensions Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Ten branches demand sector conference as union fails to escalate industrial action in response to pay docking threats in marking boycott

‘Walkout’ by black members at UCU event

19 Nov 2014 | By

A University and College Union event saw ‘an outburst and walkout’ by black members in protest at the union’s alleged failure to tackle race issues

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