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Science policies laid out ahead of general election

The UK’s main political parties have laid out their plans for science just days before the official general election campaign kicks off

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Poorer students ‘not studying key A levels’ for selective universities

17 Mar 2015 | By

Just a third of bright teenagers from poorer backgrounds take an A level likely to help them attend a selective university, a study says

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

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LSE deputy director Stuart Corbridge to be Durham v-c

27 Mar 2015 | By

The deputy director of the London School of Economics is to take over the helm at Durham University.

Universities at risk of falling short on investment

27 Mar 2015 | By

England’s universities risk being “unable to deliver the scale of investment” needed to “remain internationally competitive”.

Winners and losers in Hefce funding allocations Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

REF-based distribution of £1.6bn research pot results in some big changes

More on university funding

Ups and downs: £7m profit and inquiries at St Patrick’s Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

SLC fee payments to private college suspended pending BIS investigation with a QAA report expected in April

Private college ‘fiasco’ could cost £100 million, suggests Hodge

17 Mar 2015 | By

The public cost of the coalition government’s private college “fiasco” could be in the region of £100 million

BIS bids to cut funded places at ‘poorer quality’ private colleges

02 Mar 2015 | By

The government wants to cut the number of students with public funding recruited by “poorer quality” private colleges offering sub-degree courses

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Stefan Grimm’s death leads Imperial to review performance metrics

27 Mar 2015 | By

Imperial College London is to undertake a review of how it uses performance metrics for staff after the death of one of its academics

UCU furious over Bolton ‘sackings for alleged press leaks’

26 Mar 2015 | By

Union says branch secretary and wife both deny any involvement in leaking stories

Postmodernism, baby, yeah: the rise of the ‘clever sillies’ Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

A new paper contends that some academics adopt mildly rebellious views to look more sexually alluring

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Jisc’s battle for Britain’s shared IT services: the beginning of the end? Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Martyn Harrow channels Winston Churchill over ‘climacteric’ challenge of next spending review

Digital literacy: the perks and pitfalls of plugged-in students Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Researchers using student data in learning analytics cannot ignore ethical concerns. Plus the latest higher education appointments

There’s no place like Stanford, but $10K will give you a taste Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Silicon Valley giant’s business school brings its 10-week Ignite programme to London

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Million+ wary of biddable regulatory superpower Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Response to Hefce consultation on quality assurance raises fears of an all-powerful regulator susceptible to political influence

Top Cambridge degrees ‘more than double’

08 Mar 2015 | By

The proportion of students scoring top degrees at the University of Cambridge has increased significantly since 1960, according to a new analysis

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

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