01 décembre 2013

Student loans: thousands of Europeans 'failing to repay debts'

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton. The National Audit Office warns that the total university student loans bill will balloon to £200bn within 30 years as it emerges that thousands of EU students are avoiding repayments. 
Almost half of students from mainland Europe may be failing to repay taxpayer-backed loans amid warnings of a £5 billion black hole in the public finances.
A report by the National Audit Office found that around 18,000 students from EU member states who took out Government loans for English university courses are in arrears or failing to provide earnings information. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:27 - - Permalien [#]

Government to unveil £900m sale of student loan book

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton. State offloads loans made to students who enrolled at university in the 1990s as part of drive to boost public finances. 
The British government will announce on Monday it has agreed a deal to sell off a portfolio of student loans worth £900m, Sky News reported on Sunday, quoting people close to the situation.
The loans will be offloaded to an unnamed private debt collection agency, the broadcaster said, saying they would be sold for tens of millions of pounds, "a fraction of the debts' face value".
The deal would encompass mortgage-style loans made in the 1990s, the last of their kind still in public ownership, Sky said, but not include income contingent repayment loans of the kind currently on offer. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:22 - - Permalien [#]

Recruitment agents for foreign students to be 'vetted'

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton. The British Council launches new database covering foreign recruitment agents as figures show a sharp rise in the number of overseas students entering UK.
Recruitment agents who sign up overseas students for British universities will be subjected to new vetting procedures amid warnings over a sharp rise in the number of foreigners entering the country.
For the first time, agents will be asked to sign up to a new "ethical" code of practice and undertake training to win formal accreditation, it was announced.
The British Council will create a new database of agents and subject them to regular assessments to make sure standards are being maintained. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:54 - Permalien [#]

'Degrees do not guarantee jobs, people do'

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By David Ellis. While it's true that not all graduates are in graduate jobs, blaming universities and limiting education for all, is not the answer, says David Ellis. 
Given the acerbic response to the disappointing news that almost half of graduates take non-graduate jobs, it appears many do have wildly overblown expectations of a degree. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:36 - - Permalien [#]

'In six months I’ll have a degree, but was it worth it?'

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Eleanor Doughty. Figures show that graduates now earn 12 per cent less than those who left uni before the financial crisis, so what will my degree be worth, asks Eleanor Doughty. 
In 2008, when the stock market imploded, I was optimistically advised that ‘by the time you graduate, it’ll all be over.’ Two years later and applying to university, I thought I might escape the crisis; that the charmed class of 2013 would somehow be pardoned. 
David Ellis asked yesterday if sixth formers were sold the idea that a graduation certificate was a shelter from unemployment.
We were, thanks to a government pushing higher education for all. And in 2009, people thought it would be over soon. Turns out we were all wrong. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:25 - - Permalien [#]

University as a mature student: top tips

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Julie Cowley. Age really is just a number when it comes to higher education, with significant numbers of mature students going to university beyond the age of 21, says Julie Cowley. 
Around one quarter of the UK's full-time, undergraduate entrants now comprises mature students and, despite tuition fee increases, many universities are witnessing higher than ever applications from this age bracket. While career change/ development is one of the most frequent reasons cited by mature students for entering higher education later in life, there are a huge range of other factors in play. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:15 - - Permalien [#]

Degrees: are they value for money?

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By John Newton. With annual tuition fees now £9000 at many institutions, does a British degree represent good value for money, asks John Newton. 
It can be no coincidence that in the space of a few weeks both David Willetts, the Universities Minister, and the Office of Fair Trading triggered investigations into the amount of teaching that a student receives in our British universities. Both Mr Willetts and the OFT are keen to see whether the amount of teaching, the proportion of contact hours and the emphasis given to research for post graduates (as opposed to newly-minted undergrads) are fit for purpose. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:09 - - Permalien [#]