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The past week’s higher education news demonstrates that there are certain expectations of universities that policymakers, HE leaders and the Augar review are expected to address, says Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council and Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push .
Leaders of thirty universities have signed a Civic University Agreement, reaffirming their institution's commitment to their local communities by pledging to put the economy and quality of life in their home towns and cities at the top of their list of priorities.
Jenny Shaw , Student Experience Director at Unite Students, draws lessons on the higher education sector's efforts to improve the student experience from a week of HE news and views.
From this September, students will be able to opt to study an accelerated two year degree, as opposed to a traditional three year course. Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby, discusses why universities should consider the change in legislation and look to offer accelerated degrees.
Research England has selected 21 English universities to take part in a pilot Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which will run between February and May 2019.
Nottingham Trent University tops the latest green university league table from the student campaign network People & Planet, which continues to be dominated by new universities.
NTU has moved up from third position last year, while Brighton University has leaped up 19 places to occupy second place and Manchester Metropolitan University has moved up one place into third position.
A total of 16 new universities out of 30 institutions have been awarded "First class honours" in the table that awards points for a range of green measures including environmental policy and the number of staff supporting it, ethical investments, carbon management, energy use, recycling, and upholding workers' rights.
The University of Newcastle is the highest ranking Russell Group university, in joint 8th place, with four other Russell Group institutions making the top 30 this year, including Exeter, Leeds, Bristol and UCL.
Fifteen institutions are classed as having "failed" against the green measures set by the ranking.
People & Planet said that thanks to strong support from staff and students, the number of universities reporting that they are committing to divesting from fossil fuel investments has grown by 16 to a total of 43.
However, only a quarter of institutions are on track to meet their carbon reductions targets by 2020.
1 Nottingham Trent University
2 University of Brighton
3 Manchester Metropolitan University
4 Cardiff Metropolitan University
5 University of Worcester
6 Aston University
7 City University London
8= University of Gloucestershire
8= Newcastle University
10 Swansea University
11 University of Bedfordshire
12 Plymouth University
13 De Montfort University
14 London School of Economics And Political Science
15 Keele University
16= University of Exeter
16= Royal Agricultural University
18 University of Greenwich
19 University of Bradford
20 Bournemouth University
21 Coventry University
22 Edinburgh Napier University
23 University of Leeds
24 University of Bristol
25 SOAS, University of London
26 University of The West of England, Bristol
27 University of Wales Trinity Saint David
28 Glasgow Caledonian University
30 University of Leicester
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