09 juin 2013

Senate Stalemate on Student Loan Interest Rate

HomeTwo dueling bills to avert an increase in the interest rate for new, subsidized federal student loans July 1 both failed to advance in the Senate on Thursday, illustrating the divide between the parties on how best to avoid the rate hike. Read more...

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How To Provide Open Access?

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Scholarly publishers want to keep hosting taxpayer-funded research that will soon be made public free of charge. The publishers unveiled a plan to do so Tuesday by arguing they could save the federal government money. The plan also allows publishers to keep at least a piece of a pie they now own. Research universities are also planning to unveil their own system in coming weeks that would have them, not publishers, as the main hosts of open-access research funded by about 15 federal agencies. Read more...

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Student visitor route not being abused, says government

Times Higher EducationBy David Matthews. The Home Office has concluded that the student visitor route into the UK is being used as intended and not as a back door route to work or settlement. Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, claimed in March that the government was ignoring “growing abuse” by students using this route. But a government report, released on 6 June, says that the option, which allows students to undertake a course of study for up to six months, is largely being used to take courses at institutions which are already licensed to sponsor international students. Read more...

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Issue bonds for postgrad loans, says report

Times Higher EducationBy Elizabeth Gibney. Groups of universities could raise funding for postgraduate student loans by issuing bonds, a report by the thinktank CentreForum has suggested. The certificates of debt, which guarantee repayment plus interest at a later date, could be used to source money from financial markets for loans, says the study entitled Postgraduate education: better funding and better access. Read more...

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Extend part-time loans, IPPR report to urge

Times Higher EducationBy Jack Grove, Elizabeth Gibney. Ministers should extend student loans to many more part-time students to remedy a “crisis” in recruitment, a thinktank commission is set to recommend. Led by Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, the Institute for Public Policy Research’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education will call for sweeping changes to stop the steady decline in part-time students since 2010 when it publishes its final report on 10 June. Read more...

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Self-funded PhD students deserve support, not stigma and secrecy

The Guardian homeBy Luca Marazzi. Thousands pursue PhDs without research funding every year, says Luca Marazzi – it's a challenging but rewarding path. At the peak of the recession in September 2008, I moved to the UK looking for a possible career as an ecologist. I started my PhD in geography at University College London and, hoping to obtain funding, I enrolled full-time. Unfortunately my applications failed, and after less than a year, I chose to shift to part-time status and get a job. There was roughly one college-wide full studentship for every 100 students and research council funding was insufficient. Read more...

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MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth

Blog badge, Occam's cornerBy Steve Caplan. The idea of massive open online courses is becoming increasingly popular. Technology can't be stopped, but educators must assure that these courses meet academic standards. These are trying times for researchers across the globe, and I think it matters not whether one is in the UK, US or anywhere else; the lack of funding is impacting science in many ways, and not for the better. Scientists are running scared, funds for research are becoming scarce, labs are closing, tenure is being denied. I do my best not to project negativity to the burgeoning scientists (students and post-docs) in my own lab, but they are bright enough to understand what is going on: they see that a career in science is a never-ending fight to keep going. Ultimately, this is leading to the attrition of talented young scientists from the academic track. Read more...

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Final year PhD: how to balance your thesis deadline and job search

The Guardian homeBy . With pressure building to have a job lined up post-submission, Victoria McGowan and Erika Brockfeld offer advice to final year PhD candidates on facing their fears – and the future. After years of hard slog you've finally made it to your final year. When people ask you what you're doing, no longer do you launch into a monologue on how your research is going to save the planet; instead dumbing down your work into the shortest soundbite you can think of. Read more...

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Universities and colleges told to do more for disadvantaged students

The Guardian homeBy Richard Adams. Education ombudsman Les Ebdon makes request after data shows affluent applicants outnumber those from deprived areas. Les Ebdon, the access ombudsman for higher education in England, has told universities and colleges to step up their efforts to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds as official data shows affluent applicants outnumbering those from deprived areas by three to one. Read more...

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Salaries fall for those with higher education

http://www.asiaone.com/a1media/site/common/asiaone_logo.gifBy Ann Yu. TAIPEI, Taiwan - Starting salaries for people with tertiary degrees have dropped in recent years, with pay for holders of master's degrees or above falling the most, according to a survey by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA). The starting salary for a person with a post-graduate degree has dropped NT$682(S$28) from NT$32,321 in 2011. In the past 14 years those holding a bachelor's degree have experienced the biggest drop in starting salary, with a NT$740 difference compared to NT$27,462 in 1999. The average starting salary for a college graduate is currently NT$26,722, while a post-graduate currently receives NT$31,639. Read more...

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