Category Archives: Universities

Fall in state-school university entrants since tuition fees hit £9,000

The government is facing calls for an urgent review of student financing after official figures showed that the number of state school pupils going on to higher education had dropped the year tuition fees soared to £9,000.

Youve graduated so what happens to your bank account

With summer graduation ceremonies now taking place across the country, thousands of twentysomethings are contemplating their post-university futures. One of the many things they will have to get to grips with is changes to their banking. We look at what this entails.

Ofsted chief warns of growing failure in Englands secondary schools

The chief inspector of schools has warned that good teachers are in short supply in the areas of greatest need, as he revealed details of growing failure in England’s secondary schools, with tens of thousands more pupils attending schools condemned as inadequate.

Teachers in deprived schools more likely to be inexperienced

Teachers working in the most deprived schools, where attainment levels are lower and children are needier, are more likely to be inexperienced and therefore less effective at their job, according to new research.

Doing a PhD is as tough as training for a marathon and Im doing both

I used to have a normal job, with set working hours, drinks with colleagues on a Friday night and a desk in an open plan office.

Be on message or beware targets and rankings are the way forward for universities

Higher education agencies, or quangos, are not the most exciting organisations even to those able to navigate their way through the acronym soup – Ucas, Hesa, Hefce, QAA … But they matter: they deal with important stuff – admissions, loans, complaints, statistics. And what is happening to them is revealing about the dominant interests of the policy and management class.

Bring Teach First graduate scheme to prisons review to recommend

Aside from visiting a former pupil in a young offender institution, Dame Sally Coates had never been in a prison before when she was asked by the justice secretary, Michael Gove, to undertake a review of prison education. “All I knew about prison education was that the boy I visited wasn’t getting any,” she says.

Wanted more universities to sponsor free schools in England

Most year 7 boys weren’t sure about attending the fashion show put on by Plymouth College of Art students in their school last summer. But after experiencing the pulsing music, extraordinary outfits and sheer theatre of the event, they changed their minds, says Andrew Brewerton, principal of the college.

New private universities risk a catastrophe

A government adviser and crossbench peer has warned there could be an “American-style catastrophe” in English higher education if ministers push ahead with plans to expand opportunities for private providers to become universities.

Growth in university education is affecting graduate earning power

The rapid expansion of university education is affecting the earning power of graduates, according to a Bank of England study showing the value of a degree has declined sharply over 20 years.

Threadneedle Street said those leaving university could expect to earn more over their working lives than people without academic qualifications, but that the wage premium had been cut from 45% to 34% between 1995 and 2015.