10 août 2014

Lifting the cap on student numbers: five lessons learned from Australia

The Guardian homeBy A new report urges England to seek guidance from Australia if its policy on uncapping student numbers is to be a success.
In 2015, universities in England will be able to recruit as many students as they like. But a new report looking at what happened in Australia when that policy was rolled out in 2012 warns that it’s naive to think uncapping student places will be a simple process in the UK – especially if the sector suffers further cuts after the election next year. The report, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), draws a contrast between the decades taken to prepare the ground for a demand-driven system in Australia and the speed with which the decision was taken in England.
Read our series on UK vs Australia: who’s copying whom? Read more...

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Why computer science graduates can’t talk themselves into jobs

The Guardian homeBy Maths and science graduates are victims of a dirigiste British education policy that fails both labour market and individual. Graduates in computer science are so inarticulate as to be unemployable. So says a consortium of prospective employers. The Higher Education Statistics Agency agrees. This week it put computing top for unemployability, along with maths, engineering and media studies. Students should switch from geek to chic. Read more...

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Students versus families: who are the better budgeters?

The Guardian homeBy Cash-strapped students or hard-working families - who's best at managing their money? We get to the bottom of it. Read more...

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Universities spend more to attract clearing students

The Guardian homeBy  and . Universities work harder to attract students, giving more unconditional offers ahead of removal of limit for undergraduates. Britain's universities are gearing up for a cut-throat battle to attract and recruit students – by making more unconditional offers of places, using sophisticated marketing, and building prestigious campus developments – spurred by government changes that are transforming university admissions policies. Read more...

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Battle of the banks for student current account custom

The Guardian homeBy Free overdrafts, railcards and Amazon gift vouchers ... we look at what's on offer for students this year.
The annual battle of the banks to offer the best student current account has started early this year, with freshers being tempted with free rail, NUS or food cards, and even Amazon vouchers.
The new HSBC Student Bank Account is arguably the pick of the bunch and offers an interest-free overdraft of up to £3,000 over the length of a course – subject to status and account conduct. Read more...

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Top universities urge scrapping of free-for-all student recruitment plan

The Guardian homeBy Russell Group says evidence from same policy in Australia showed student numbers ballooned beyond official forecasts. The Russell Group of leading universities has called on the government to drop plans for a free-for-all in undergraduate recruitment next year, following publication of a report that suggests the policy could have disastrous financial consequences. Read more...

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Academics Anonymous: an open letter to university 'leaders'

The Guardian homeBy Stop mistaking change for progress, and start trusting the people who work for you.
Dear leaders,
I address you as "leaders" because, for some reason (perhaps manager comes too close to rhyming with janitor for your liking), you've increasingly taken to styling yourselves in this way. How grand. How imposing. How spurious.
Leaders are followed. The capacity and willingness to drive people along with the use of the pitchfork of threatened redundancy or the flaming torch of disciplinary action does not make a leader and the mere fact that you so brazenly call yourselves leaders is evidence of the malaise that prompts me to write.
For the record, if you're not Alexander, Napoleon, Monty or the modern equivalent you're not really a leader. Be neither managers nor leaders. Be provosts, masters, principals, vice-chancellors, rectors, deans, registrars, bursars. How quaint. How medieval. How refreshing. Read more...

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Publishers' copyright move 'could limit use of research'

By . Scientific publishers producing model copyright licences will make it harder for academic research to be a “first class citizen of the web”.
The warning has been made in an open letter signed by nearly 60 open access advocates, publishers, library organisations and civil society bodies. Earlier this year the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, known as STM, which has 120 members across 21 countries, produced a set of model licences governing copyright on open access articles. More...

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'Right to be forgotten' comes under attack

By . The Wikimedia Foundation has spoken out against “the right to be forgotten” enshrined in European law, likening it to removing an index from a book. The recent judgement by the European Court of Justice in the case Google Spain v. AEPD and Mario Costeja allows individuals to “de-index” content about themselves, including links to newspaper reports, if it is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive in the light of the time that had elapsed”. More...

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More Scottish students entering higher education

By . The number of Scottish students winning a higher education place is up despite a slight fall in the pass rate for Scottish Highers. Ucas figures released today show that 24,480 Scottish-domiciled applicants had been accepted as of midnight last night, a 4 per cent increase on Highers results day last year. More...

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