Quality & Standards

QAA’s lips are sealed about critical findings in second case

Details of another appeal kept secret despite chief executive’s promise to reveal information

Access & Admissions

Languages decline ‘puts Oxbridge success rate up’

A shortage of students taking languages at A level means that some have a 50 per cent chance of getting a place to study at Oxbridge, it has emerged

Private sector

QAA upholds two out of six concerns about St Patrick’s

Watchdog finds reports of fighting in classroom at private provider and sets six-week deadline for action plan

Employment

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Strikes loom as UCU urges rebuff

Union advocates rejection of pay offer and Prevent strategy implementation

MOOCS, TECHNOLOGY & NEW MEDIA

‘Biggest-ever Mooc’ starts on FutureLearn

FutureLearn, the UK massive open online course platform, has this week commenced what it believes is the biggest-ever Mooc.

France’s unemployed are prescribed a Mooc

François Hollande gives jobseekers premium access to courses on OpenClassrooms platform

University funding

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Schools-led teacher training ‘risks supply crisis’

University leaders warn government that limiting training options could result in teacher shortages

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PhD loans: the wrong carrot?

Paul Wakeling and Adél Pásztor consider the alternatives

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