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Full Article here – https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/10/wo-degrees-better-than-one-career-prospects-postgraduate-students Extracts below A growing number of students believe a bachelor’s degree is no longer enough to attract the attention of employers when job hunting and are entering postgraduate education to boost their employment prospects. Data from the Higher Education Funding Council shows the number of people taking full-time, taught postgrad programmes surged...
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Full article here – https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/10/postgraduate-funding-fees-students-scholarships-university-question Extracts below: The benefits enjoyed by those with postgraduate qualifications are becoming increasingly evident. Research published by the Sutton Trust education charity suggests that, in Britain, they will earn on average 14% more than those with an undergraduate degree alone. They are also 15% more likely to be employed full-time after six...
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Full article here – https://www.aoc.co.uk/news/aoc-responds-dfe-consultation-the-ofs-regulatory-framework Today, the Department for Education has published a consultation on the OFS regulatory framework. In response, Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive at the Association of Colleges, said: “Colleges have offered affordable, local and employment-focused higher education across the country ‎for decades.  Around 150,000 students in over 200 colleges benefit from these...
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Full article here – https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/nov/10/lets-draw-blue-skies-research-out-of-our-universities-and-into-the-economy Extracts below A great idea often starts with a lightbulb moment, a flash of inspiration that feels like it could be something big – but for many ideas that’s as far as it gets. For successful innovators, getting to the point where things really take off is a long and...
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Full article here – http://www.bbc.com/news/education-41796728 Extracts below. Scrapping interest on student loans and extending the time limit on paying it back could help to avoid a future debt crisis, a centre-right think tank says. UK 2020 is proposing that interest on all student loans – typically 6% a year – should be scrapped. This would reduce...
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Full article here – https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/nov/01/2vcs-on-how-do-we-stop-part-time-numbers-dropping-further Extracts below: Numbers of part-time students, who are typically older and often juggling a job or family, or both, have more than halved. They are down 56% since 2010, according to the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.  Part-time enrolments in England slumped in 2012 when the government...
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Full article here – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/10/12/inside-essay-mills-offering-do-students-work/ Extracts below: It is estimated that the ‘professional essay writing industry’ – services offering to quickly complete any assignment, to any standard, for a fee – is now worth over £100m, providing completed assignments to tens of thousands of students at UK universities every year.  Generally, work ordered from essay...
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Further information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/office-for-students-regulatory-framework-for-higher-education This consultation sets out the context for the creation of the Office for Students and for the proposed regulatory approach and the detail of that proposed approach. This consultation seeks your views on: the proposed risk-based regulatory approach for the higher education sector the guidance on the conditions, behaviours, and evidence...
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Full article and link to the consultation portal can be found here – https://consult.education.gov.uk/higher-education/degree-awarding-powers-university-title/ The Department for Education (DfE) have invited views on the proposals for the criteria and processes for degree-awarding powers and university title. This consultation seeks views on behalf of the Secretary of State and the new Office for Students (OfS) on...
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Full article here – https://feweek.co.uk/2017/09/22/massive-1bn-fe-loans-underspend-revealed/ Extracts below A massive 58 percent of FE loans funding – amounting to almost £1 billion – has not been spent since 2013, FE Week can reveal. The Student Loans Company, which processes advanced learner loans on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, revealed that just £652 million in loan-funded...
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