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University leaders commit to pension talks as strikes begin

University leaders have written to the University and College Union to formally outline their commitment to continuing to work with UCU to deliver long-term reform of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The move comes as UCU members at 60 universities begin strike action in disputes over both pensions and pay.

Gateway to university expertise now provides 'smart match' with business

A platform providing a single access point for businesses to university expertise and funding opportunities has been further developed by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Research England, and UK Research and Innovation, to help 'smart match' business and industry with higher education institutions, in a bid to boost R&D collaboration. Shivaun Meehan, Head of Communications at the NCUB, outlines the latest features of Konfer.

Survey pinpoints ways to make postgraduates even more satisfied

Eight out of 10 postgraduate students taking a taught course in the UK report continued satisfaction with the experience over a five-year period.But a survey of more than 70,000 postgraduates across 85 higher education institutions who responded to the Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) highlights for the first time areas where institutions could do better still to boost satisfaction levels.

Government should listen to employers on graduate employment

The next government should adopt policies on graduate employment that reflect a less simplistic outlook than the current regime, argues Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer at the Institute of Student Employers, which has just published its manifesto wish list.

2 minute briefing: School pupils' university aspirations

The proportion of school pupils who are planning to go to university has risen over the past 13 years, but half of them today worry about the cost of higher education, a poll by the Sutton Trust has found. HEi-know provides a two minute summary of the survey's key findings.

 

  • The proportion of 11 – 16 year olds in academies and maintained schools in England and Wales who say they are likely to go into higher education has risen from 71 per cent in 2003 to 77 per cent in 2016.

  • The proportion who say they are unlikely to go to university has fallen in the same period from 13 per cent to 11 per cent.

  • Of those that say today they are unlikely to enter HE, 68 per cent said it was because they "don't like this kind of learning", 62 per cent said it was because they were worried about the cost, 43 per cent because they "need a job", and 44 per cent because they are "not clever enough" (up from 37 per cent in 2015).

  • A further 31 per cent cited social reasons for not going to university, while 21 per cent said they didn't know enough about it.

  • Of those who are planning to go to university, 47 per cent said they were worried about the cost, while 46 per cent said cost didn't worry them.

  • Tuition fees was the biggest financial concern for prospective students, cited by 45 per cent. Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) were worried about student loan repayments, while 17 per cent were concerned about living costs.
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