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University levy on graduates could end taxpayer ‘burden’ - thinktank

Public funding for universities should be scrapped and replaced by graduates paying an earnings levy to their institutions, according to a thinktank.

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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

University quality assurance consultation launched

07 Oct 2014 | By

A consultation has been launched on the future of quality assurance in UK higher education

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Arizona State University aims to wipe out the replicants Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Michael Crow on the radical change needed to build the New American University

UCL and IoE set a date for union

22 Oct 2014 | By

University College London and the Institute of Education, University of London, are to merge on 2 December, it has been confirmed.

Plymouth deputy goes on secondment

20 Oct 2014 | By

One of Plymouth University’s deputy vice-chancellors has started a government secondment, as upheaval at the troubled institution continues

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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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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

Labour to table Lords amendment on private colleges

10 Sep 2014 | By

Private colleges would need to subscribe to the higher education ombudsman service under plans proposed by the Labour Party.

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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

Temporary twinroom solution for extra first years Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Almost 100 freshers put in temporary accommodation after student numbers cap is raised

Parents’ advice on applications still key, say students

18 Oct 2014 | By

University applicants still rely heavily on parental advice when picking their course, a new survey says.

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Pressure rises to ‘give high marks’ Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Initial Best University Workplace results suggest quality is being compromised in a bid to boost student numbers

Staff at University of South Wales set for strike action

22 Oct 2014 | By

Union members at the University of South Wales are set to strike in a row over job cuts

Universities ‘face cutbacks’ if USS not reformed, say employers

21 Oct 2014 | By

Employers also release new modelling of pensions proposals

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