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Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

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Professor Nick Talbot
Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Exeter, considers what REF2014 says about the state of research in UK higher education, and how research excellence is now measured and demonstrated.
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Professor Martin Barstow, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester, welcomes commitment to science funding in the government’s new Science and Innovation Strategy, but worries that threatened across-the-board cuts could still hit science and research budgets.
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The REF2014 results have been published, the numbers have been crunched and poured into league tables, and the debates over measures and funding have kicked off. HEi-know rounds up the first day's coverage and comments.
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Over half of final year students who intend to go on to postgraduate study do not do so – often because of finance worries, survey findings suggest.
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Universities should deal with student complaints within three months, according to new guidance by the higher education independent adjudicator.
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Business and Innovation Secretary Vince Cable has called for a significant increase in spending on Research and Development.
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The perceived cost of university education, no guarantee of a job and poor advice and guidance is putting key groups of young people off higher education, a survey has found.
Sheffield University - top rated for student union activities
Universities have been rated by Which? according to factors affecting the lifestyle of their students.
George Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new loans scheme for postgraduate students and said the government will also invest £5.9 billion into the UK’s research infrastructure from 2016-21.
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The student vote is potentially very powerful, but a new system of electoral registration threatens to reduce the voice of students in the general election to a whisper. Higher Education Policy Institute Director Nick Hillman asks whether universities should consider helping students to vote to be part of their duty of care.
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The first year of the new Erasmus+ European Union programme has seen £78 million awarded to 818 UK projects, many of which support students or staff who wish to spend time studying or working overseas.
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a Counter Terrorism Bill
Universities have warned that there must be a balance in the new anti-terrorism legislation between the duty to tackle extremism on campus and the need to protect freedom of speech.
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London is the third best student city in the world, according to a new ranking.
Anthony McClaran
Responding to an HEi-think piece from Professor Geoffrey Alderman, Quality Assurance Agency Chief Executive Anthony McClaran denies that the QAA is secretive or an "arm of government", but argues instead that it is playing a key role in upholding standards and protecting the reputation of UK higher education worldwide.
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As the Higher Education Funding Council for England puts out to tender the work carried out on its behalf by the Quality Assurance Agency, Geoffrey Alderman argues that the QAA has a questionable record on protecting academic standards. This is the first in a new series of "HEi-think" pieces from HEi-know.
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Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities has launched a new UK-wide campaign to support 25,000 UK students to go to India over the next five years.
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Medical schools have been urged to reach out to schools more to help raise the aspirations of prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Liam Byrne
The UK needs to invest more in science and developing the technical skills of its workforce if it is to catch up with its competitors on productivity, Liam Byrne, the shadow universities minister, has said.
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As the higher education sector prepares for deregulation of student numbers from next year, questions have been raised over predicted future levels and patterns of growth. HEi-know looks at emerging developments and the latest analysis that may offer clues as to how institutions are likely to respond.
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Universities have become more ready to admit young applicants who became less likely to apply for a place following the introduction of higher tuition fees, an analysis by the Universities and Colleges Admission Service has found.
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Universities face tough financial challenges over the next three years, a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England has warned.
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UK universities are taking aim at a bigger share of the home and international student markets by investing billions of pounds in eye-catching new buildings and campus facilities. But as the stakes rise in this “capital arms race”, questions are being asked about how long it can be sustained. HEi-know examines where the money is going, and where it is coming from.
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England has published new interactive data showing trends in student demand across all subjects. Ruth Tucker, Hefce's HE policy adviser, explains the thinking behind the exercise and explores some of the initial findings.
Over half of more than 2,000 disadvantaged school pupils who have taken part in a programme which aims to raise their higher education aspirations have found places at leading universities.
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The UK is projected to gain an additional 83,000 postgraduate international students by 2024, according to a major new piece of forecasting research by the British Council.
Toni Pearce
Student votes have the power to swing control of more than a quarter of seats in next year's general election, according to the National Union of Students.
Months after the UK's Immigration Act received Royal Assent, concerns and uncertainty remain over many of its provisions and the impact they will have on international students and Britain's ability to attract them. HEi-know looks at the key clauses and their implications for students and the sector.
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Both the UK coalition government and the Labour Party have pledged support for University Technical Colleges, with at least 50 expected to be operational in the coming years. A call for more "technical degrees" is expected to re-emerge at the forthcoming Labour Party annual conference. HEi-know looks at how they have performed so far, and the challenges they face.
Greg Clark
Greg Clark, the new Universities Minister, has ruled out a rise in the £9,000 tuition fee telling vice chancellors they have enough money to provide courses.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg
The Liberal Democrat party has promised to review higher education finance if it is in power after the general election.
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A proposal to allow universities to underwrite the student loans debt of their own graduates is the latest in a quick succession of developments in the debate over the future of student finance and higher education funding. HEi-know assesses the arguments and talks to key figures about how they think policies are likely to shape up.
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More British students than ever are studying abroad under the Erasmus programme, according to latest figures released by the European Commission.
Greg Clark
Greg Clark’s appointment as the new Minister for Universities and Science could be a smart move, say observers.
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden
The Home Office must ensure that current international students are not “panicked” by new investigations into the abuse of the student visa system, Universities UK has warned.
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Universities have been invited to submit responses to a consultation on the UK government’s proposals for a new science and innovation strategy. HEi-know reviews the issues and speaks to key commentators.
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Scottish universities have embarked on a new campaign to target student markets and potential research collaborations in emerging nations.
Vince Cable
Business Secretary Vince Cable has urged business leaders to get behind a campaign to encourage more UK students to spend time studying or working in China to boost their career prospects and build stronger UK-China relations.
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The increase in student numbers is having an adverse effect on class sizes and student-staff ratios, undergraduates have told an official survey.
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New legislation should be introduced to protect the quality of higher education in the UK at a time of rapid change, according to a new report from the University Alliance.
Professor Michael Gunn
A leading vice-chancellor has called on politicians and other VCs to support a 'new vision for funding higher education and research' and has criticised policymakers who look to the US and Australia in search of 'some higher education funding nirvana'.
Liverpool University scores well in U-Multirank
The European Commission has unveiled a new international university ranking with a difference – it allows web users to create a personalised ranking based on a range of different criteria.
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The private company which brought the pre-1998 student loan book took money it was not entitled to out of accounts of more than 500 graduates and has passed students’ details to credit agencies, it has emerged.
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A Phd student studying “complementary currencies” will become the first person to pay for a UK higher education course with the digital currency Bitcoin.
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More than 1,000 leaders in higher education, business and government attended the British Council’s annual Going Global conference in Miami from April 29 – May 1. Media FHE covered the event, providing daily conference Briefing Reports, news, and interviews with speakers. For the latest updates, check our special Going Global page .
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A panel of vice-chancellors and policy experts is to review the student fees and loans system in England, Universities UK has announced.
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A sharp fall in the number of part-time students since 2009 is due to a dramatic drop in demand for non first degree courses such as foundation degrees and HNDs, analysts have concluded.
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The information needs of prospective postgraduate students are not being consistently met, a study has found.
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Starting salaries for graduate-type occupations have fallen overall over the past five years, according to analysis for The CompleteUniversity Guide.
Universities have been told to improve job prospects for graduates from poorer backgrounds in a new strategy for widening access to university.
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Graduates who move between sectors and job roles in their early careers are highly valued by employers, according to a new report.
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UK universities risk damaging their reputation for delivering world class education by partnering with private providers, a new report has warned.
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The UK's new Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has told peers that a rise in the number of overseas science students coming to Britain would need to be balanced by a drop in other immigrant numbers – including other types of students.
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Universities face a 5.85 per cent cut in most teaching grants next year, three times the rate of inflation, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced.
James Brokenshire used his first major speech since being appointed immigration minister to show he plans to take a hard line. HEi-know takes a look at his background and reactions to his speech.
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A new £5 million programme aims to bring dementia research projects at universities across the UK together under one umbrella.
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American universities have “confirmed their supremacy” while UK institutions show “worrying signs of reputational decline”, according to new global rankings published by Times Higher Education.
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The higher education sector in England was in sound financial health overall last year, but funding cuts and student recruitment will present significant challenges and risks for many institutions, a new report warns.
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School leavers are being offered an alternative to university through a new range of high level apprenticeships.
Liam Byrne
The government’s reforms of student funding and the introduction of higher level tuition fees has failed to put English universities on a secure financial footing, according to shadow universities minister Liam Byrne.
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The question of how will Scotland vote in its referendum on independence is one of the biggest constitutional issues the UK has faced.
New primary legislation is urgently needed in higher education to regulate the market and prevent an explosion in costs and a fall in quality once student number controls are lifted, the Higher Education Policy Institute’s new director has warned.
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The Royal Society has announced it is launching a new open access science journal which will make all material freely accessible online immediately on publication.
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Campaigns to boost girls’ enthusiasm for science and engineering are beginning to bear fruit, according to data compiled from a survey of 20,000 sixth formers.
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MPs have strongly criticised the UK government for consistently underestimating the cost of student loans that will never be repaid and for failing to chase up defaulters.
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Ministers have told universities to curb substantial increases in vice chancellors salaries as they announced a bigger than expected cut in funding for higher education in England.
The UK Government has outlined how it plans to "reduce, replace and refine" the use of animals in research.
The shortage of female scientists in academia is down to bias and impractical work arrangements within universities, according to MPs.
The impact and efficiency of research in Wales rates as among the best in the world when the country's size is taken into account, according to an independent report.
The number of graduate vacancies is set to rise by 10.2 per cent rise this year, employers have predicted.
Members of the public have been given free access to more than 1.5 million academic articles at public libraries.
Hong Kong Institute of Science and Technology
Universities in the Far East have once again dominated the top spots in a world ranking for institutions which are less than 50 years old.
Scottish universities can expect almost a “flat cash” funding settlement for the coming academic year, according to outline figures released by the Scottish Funding Council.
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Trainee teachers who take the school-based training route are more likely to enter the teaching profession than those who train in universities, a new study shows.
Students walk across St Andrews pier: St Andrews is a big draw for American students
A record number of students from the United States are coming to study in Britain, with undergraduate intakes rising by more than a quarter over the past four years, new figures reveal.
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Just four months after the UK's first MOOC provider, FutureLearn, launched its pilot courses, questions are being asked about their value and scope.
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Cambridge University has joined forces with representative bodies for higher and further education institutions to urge the government to keep AS levels as a year 12 exam.
The University of Nottingham tops the new GreenMetric World University Ranking
The green credentials of five UK universities have earned them places in the top 20 of an international league table of environmentally-friendly institutions.
UK universities have lost half of their overseas student enrolments from India and 38 per cent from Pakistan since the tightening of visa conditions and work study permits in 2011, new figures reveal.
Countries with the most successful school systems favour research-led teacher training rather than centrally-controlled school-based models, according to a study.
An A Level Content Advisory Board set up by Russell Group universities has published its final guidance on the content of a new set of A-Levels in classical and modern languages, mathematics, further mathematics and geography.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published the UK Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy, which sets out priorities for investment and support in science, research and innovation over the next 10 years.
Funding schemes which reward ”excellence” at European universities can enhance the profile of universities and help them recruit the most talented staff, a study has concluded.
A fundamental review of research funding is needed to bring the UK in line with international competitors, a new report has warned.
The Open University (OU) has appointed Peter Horrocks, Director of the BBC’s World Service, as its new Vice-Chancellor.
The University of Leicester's Department of Geography has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kyoto University's Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES).
The University of Leicester has established a new endowment fund to provide support for the institution in the 21st century and beyond.
A new Director has been appointed to run the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare and The University of Nottingham.
The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the first universities globally to host an elite Chinese Institute focusing on business and healthcare.
The University of York is leading a new consortium of researchers who have come together to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communication technologies and services for consumer, commercial and government markets.
Academics at the University of Hull have secured approximately €450,000 (£350,000) to lead a new international collaborative project to improve the use of digital technologies in teacher education, universities and schools.
An alliance of universities and businesses has launched a campaign to persuade political parties to back a “more balanced approach” to research funding.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has confirmed £200 million funding for teaching capital projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Labour is set to benefit from a swing in the student vote which could tip the balance of power in next year’s general election, a study suggests.
The University of York has appointed Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, the current chairman of NHS England and former Provost of University College London, as its next Chancellor.
Universities should offer targeted support to older, disabled, female and black and ethnic minority students and staff, according to a report by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
The University of Exeter has been awarded £1 million by the Wellcome Trust to advance the understanding of living systems and the causes of disease.
A new academy designed to encourage more physics graduates into technical careers has been formally launched at the University of York.
A Higher Education Commission report that is highly critical of present government policy on higher education funding has presented six options for the future.
Despite a large decline in numbers, Japanese students can still be tempted overseas by the attractions of culture and language, a new survey by the British Council has found.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has visited the Universityof Hull to lend his support to the Humber University Technical College (UTC).
The University of Nottingham has signed a Memorandumof Understanding with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) whichwill allow both institutions to collaborate on research into carbon capture.
The University of Nottingham has secured £7.7m million in funding for its research using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
University of Sheffield researchers have received £7.5million in funding for lung imaging research.
The University of York has secured £1 million for itsongoing interdisciplinary research at the Centre for Chronic Diseases andDisorders.
The University of Exeter has been named the best university in the country for international student satisfaction.
The University of Leicester's National Centre forEarth Observation has received £23 million in funding from the NaturalEnvironment Research Centre (NERC).
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has named the senior academics and higher education figures who will oversee its quality assessment review.
Graduates are more likely to find employment in their home region the further away they live from London, according to new data.
One in ten current world leaders have studied in the UK, British Council research has revealed.
A new survey of UK students' attitudes to international students has found a high level of integration and acceptance, with 74 per cent of UK students stating they believe international students are welcomed by their peers in the UK.
Means-tested tuition fees should be introduced so that poorer students borrow less, according to a new social mobility manifesto from the Sutton Trust.
A new online English language course launched by the British Council has attracted more than 70,000 students from around the world.
The University of Leicester has received £33,000 in funding from two Masonic charities for a cardiovascular research project.
Work has begun on the University of Hull’s £9.5 million Humber University Technical College (UTC). Meanwhile, Sheffield Hallam University has been given the go-ahead for a £10 million UTC.
The University of Sheffield has signed an international collaboration agreement with the Universities of Porto and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Engineering researchers at the University of Hull have secured £1.27 million in funding for a project which seeks to improve carbon capture technology.
University applications have increased by 4 per cent this year to 659,030, new figures show.
The University of Leicester has officially opened a multi-million pound University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC).
The University of Sheffield has appointed a new Director of Energy Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.
Construction plans have been put in place for a new University Technical College in Hull, which has backing from the University of Hull.
The University of Huddersfield has launched a new postgraduate course with China’s Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
The University of Leicester has announced a £10 million appeal for its new Centre for Medicine building. The new Centre is set to open in autumn 2015, and will be home to the departments of Medical and Social Care Education, Health Sciences and Psychology. The University has already pledged £32 million to the project.
The University of Sheffield's Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett has announced plans to develop a "High-Value Manufacturing Valley" in the region. The development will be built along the M1 corridor, and will focus on building international business partnerships and developing new products and processes in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as large infrastructure projects.
The University of Derby has appointed a new Dean of the College or Law, Humanities and Social Sciences. Sociologist Professor Malcolm Todd was previously Head of Leeds Metropolitan University's School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences.
Loughborough, Derby and five other East Midlands universities have formed a regional partnership with police forces, mediation services and other organisations. The new East Midlands Policing Consortium aims to strengthen links between police forces and academic institutions in the East Midlands, and to ensure research carried out across the region meets the needs of the police.
The University of Loughborough is investing £1.5 million over five years in research appointments aimed at developing new propulsion technologies for zero emission vehicles. The four appointments will be made as part of the University's Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) - which supports the development of new supply chains for low carbon vehicles.
The University of Worcester is celebrating the graduation of the first student on its new Psychotherapy Psychodrama degree.
Higher education in the UK has risen two places to be ranked eighth best in the world in an annual league produced by a group of leading research universities.
Many universities have improved their position in this year's Complete University Guide rankings by recruiting more teaching staff, according to the compilers of the rankings. The recruitment drive, along with falling student numbers, has meant better student staff ratios at many institutions, a key measure in the Guide's league table.
The Open University is offering 5,000 free places to students wishing to take their first steps into higher education.
Universities UK is to call on all three main political parties to avoid a sudden overhaul of student funding after the next election.
The University of Leicester has announced it is launching a £2.4 million doctoral programme believed to be the first to focus on training and research in forensic science.
The Quality Assurance Agency has announced that it has appointed Dr Victoria Lindsay, currently a Deputy Director at the Open University, as its new Director of Quality Development, and Rowena Pelik, currently Director of Academic Strategy and Practice at Edinburgh Napier University, as Director of QAA Scotland.
A new national project is to examine the learning experience of students and how they develop skills to study independently.
The retail and financial sectors continue to dominate graduate recruitment, according to new research.
More money should be invested in research into design to help boost the UK economy, a new report argues.
There is “significant interest” among students for details of universities’ income and outgoings – but many struggle to find the information, a survey has found.
Leading social scientists from a range of UK universities have joined the ranks of “distinguished” scholars at the national body for the study of social sciences.
Graduates started up more than 3,500 new businesses in the UK last year, an official report shows.
An alliance of organisations has put forward new plans for upholding quality standards across European universities.
An organisation representing European universities has opposed the exclusion of Switzerland from two large scale Europe-wide higher education programmes.
University tuition fees for UK home and EU students will be frozen next year, universities minister David Willetts has announced.
Spending on research and development by the UK research councils has fallen sharply, according to official figures.
The Government has announced details of how a £290 million investment will benefit a group of cutting edge science projects.
Students taking media studies degrees are almost six times more likely to abandon their courses than those taking medicine and dentistry, according to a new study.
The University of Durham's Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Higgins has announced that he is to retire, stepping down from his executive responsibilities from the end of September.
A new US government-backed campaign aims to double the number of American students studying abroad by 2020.
A new inquiry into university finance has been launched by the Higher Education Commission amid growing concerns that the current system is unsustainable.
The number of students from countries such as India and Pakistan coming to the UK to study has dropped by about 25,000, according to official statistics.
Older female academics are significantly outnumbered by their male colleagues, new figures have revealed.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled plans to launch a self-funded medical school in September.
Professor Sir Drummond Bone, the Master of Balliol College, Oxford, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Graham Baldwin, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University.
The number of students who were studying overseas for a UK higher education qualification rose last academic year as enrolments for courses delivered in Britain fell, new figures show.
Disadvantaged school pupils are being invited to visit top universities as part of a new scheme designed to raise aspirations for teenagers from the poorest backgrounds.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts is to unveil £73 million of funding to help the public and academics unlock the potential of big data.
A stagnant economy could drastically reduce the demand for communal student accommodation over the next 20 years, according to a new report.
UK academics are among the lowest paid in the English-speaking world, according to analysis from the University and College Union.
The former vice-chairman of an international investment bank has been named as the new chair of the company which administers student loans.
Philip Nelson, a Professor of acoustics at the University of Southampton, has been appointed as the next Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
An academic leader who has championed higher education issues on a national and international platform has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester.
One of the UK’s oldest Catholic higher education institutions has gained the full university title, more than 160 years after it was founded.
Unions representing university staff have announced a third full-day strike, in an ongoing dispute over pay.
The University of Essex is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a string of public events, an exhibition and student scholarships.
Universities and policy-makers should support doctoral training programmes that encourage “intellectual risk-taking” and creativity so that PhD students are better prepared to enter employment, according to a new report.
English UK, the representative body for state and private sector English language schools, has announced that global marketing expert Eddie Byers, who has held director-level posts at the British Council and VisitScotland, will take over as its Chief Executive later this year.
Professor David Richardson has been announced as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia (UEA).
There is “no case” to make cuts to the £332 million programme which helps disadvantaged students attend university, according to the head of universities think tank Million+.
Nearly a fifth of graduates are unsure how to progress their career, a survey has found.
One of the UK’s oldest Catholic higher education institutions has appointed a senior trade and investment policy figure as its new principal.
Leading graduate employers expect to offer 8.7 per cent more jobs in 2014 than last year – the biggest increase in four years.
The British public is divided over whether international students should be included in the net migration target.
Universities have been urged keep a close eye on regulatory reforms and raise any concerns before issues become “entrenched”.
Four leading universities have stepped in to make up for government cuts in scholarships for the poorest students, a national survey has found.