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City values versus academia’s ‘slow’ virtues

Universities were once urged to ape the governance models of the Square Mile, but big business could learn from some collegiate practices, suggests Malcolm Gillies

Jo Johnson, minister

For-profit RDI granted university status

US-owned institution becomes Arden University

Aare Afe Babalola= interview, Afe Babalola University

Q&A with Aare Afe Babalola

We talk to the lawyer, academic, former pro-chancellor and founder of a private university in Nigeria

Break down barriers between universities and industry, says report

Complexity of government initiatives to help commercialise university research under scrutiny 

Court gavel

Director of education wins claim against former owner of St Patrick’s College for unfair dismissal

Tribunal judge notes Raj Kumaran’s ‘unblemished disciplinary record’

Private universities group could form without University of Law

'Uncertainties' following takeover of the private university mean it will not take part in talks to form group, says Regent's head

Fifth of students at private college fail to show at classes

An investigation into a for-profit college by the UK’s quality watchdog has found that a fifth of students in a sample failed to show up to any classes at all, despite receiving public funding

A hand reaching out to take a rolled up copy of a degree certificate

BIS shelves bids for degree-awarding powers during rules review

Applications suspended until audit of processes and guidance is complete

Paul Bateman illustration (4 June 2015)

Sir Anthony Seldon: from Wellington to Buckingham

The headmaster of the independent college reflects on his move to the helm of a private university

Children inside water pipes, Marina Beach, Chennai, India

Schools and hard knocks: teaching the world’s poor

James Tooley ran into trouble while researching low-cost private education in developing nations

TeachHigher 'disbanded' ahead of campus protest

The University of Warwick has scrapped controversial plans to use a scheme called TeachHigher to employ hourly paid teaching and research staff

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

Indian private universities ‘will overtake others’

Amity chancellor claims traditional institutions are lagging behind on research investment

QAA upholds two 'concerns' about UK’s biggest private college

Admissions procedures and student retention at St Patrick’s flagged, as well as ‘fighting in the classroom’, although other areas pass scrutiny

Campus close-up: New College of the Humanities

The marks of private provider’s first cohort of graduates make Anthony Grayling feel more vindicated than ever

St Patrick’s gets green light for SLC loans

But Home Office revokes private college’s licence to sponsor overseas students

Private college approved for public loan funding despite concerns

QAA to review AA Hamilton College after identifying ‘a number of significant weaknesses’

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

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

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

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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