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Labour pressed to reveal plans on student numbers

Labour has been urged to say whether or not it would reintroduce caps on undergraduate numbers after unveiling its pledge to lower fees to £6,000.

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For-profits in Brazil fight rule change Subscription

12 February 2015 | By Donna Bowater

Cut in support for private study has share prices falling

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

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Troubleshooter Graham Upton tackles Glyndwr University Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Having turned the University of Cumbria around, Upton is now heading to Wrexham

Scrapping fee subsidy is no guarantee of windfall for Welsh academy Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Ending support for cross-border students does not mean tuition fee cash would be reinvested in institutions, report warns

Raising fee cap for some would create funding ‘inequity’

25 Feb 2015 | By

Allowing some universities to charge tuition fees above £9,000 a year would “create further inequity” in higher education funding, a university group has warned

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Proportion of top BTEC students doubles: Hefce report

26 Feb 2015 | By

Students taking BTEC vocational qualifications are more than twice as likely to score top marks as they were seven years earlier, says a new study.

UK students to apply to European universities via Ucas

17 Feb 2015 | By

UK students may soon be able to apply to universities in continental Europe through Ucas after the admissions body changed its rules

University ownership of A levels in doubt Subscription

5 February 2015 | By

Russell Group’s review body on ice after education secretary hits pause button

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Performance-related pay is way forward for sector, says UUK review Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Sir Ian Diamond’s efficiencies report endorses the shift from incremental pay rises to service-related rewards

Black PhD students are pioneers in their subjects, says professor Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Hakim Adi urges early career researchers at first meeting of Black Doctoral Network UK to be resilient when facing difficulties

Britons would rather be an academic than a Hollywood star

20 Feb 2015 | By

Becoming an academic is the third most desirable job for Britons and is seen as more attractive than being a Hollywood film star

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One in four students uses social media to contact university staff

26 Feb 2015 | By

More than a quarter of university students now use social media to contact their lecturers

Digital skills crisis looming, peers warn

17 Feb 2015 | By

A UK shortage of digital skills has reached a “tipping point” and universities are not doing enough to address the crisis, a House of Lords report warns

Moocs: know your audience and brush up your skills Subscription

5 February 2015 | By Matthew Field

HEA study offers tips drawn from first-hand accounts of both participants and course creators. Plus the latest higher education appointments

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Bedfordshire cleared of giving Saudi students preferential treatment

27 Feb 2015 | By

QAA report followed claims university had bent rules to allow students sponsored by Saudi government extra resits

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

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