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Private college's retention rates 'unsatisfactory', says QAA

ABI College investigation finds only two of 45-strong cohort have achieved intended qualifications

Access & Admissions

BTEC students ‘less likely to gain top degrees’, suggests study

HEA-commissioned report says those with vocational background may need more support, but also warns against seeing such qualifications as inferior

Private sector

Break down barriers between universities and industry, says report

Complexity of government initiatives to help commercialise university research under scrutiny 


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The postdoc experience: hopes and fears

Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences


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FutureLearn looks beyond the 1% to offerings of post-92s

UK Mooc platform adds new partners after admitting that using global rankings as a proxy for quality ‘hides a lot of detail’

‘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.

University funding

Cuts to Disabled Students' Allowances back on agenda

Government reductions could leave universities to fund most help for disabled students

Yvette Cooper backs increased science spend with 3 per cent GDP target

Labour leadership candidate calls for 'revolution in science' and increased research and development spend

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The former universities minister discusses the reforms that reshaped higher education and his first steps into academia

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Refusal by John Allen to obey instruction from manager at Queen Mary University of London led to his sacking, tribunal rules

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What are the key issues local union branches are dealing with, and how do they manage relationships with institutions in what many activists argue is an increasingly confrontational environment?

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Sector called on to embrace faith-related concerns in intellectual debates