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Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, outlines strategies adopted by NTU that are boosting social mobility and which helped it win the inaugural Guardian University of the Year award, a gong he believes shows how notions of excellence in HE are changing.
Mike Boxall, who has thirty years' experience as a consultant and commentator on strategic developments in higher and further education, finds evidence in recent news of growing and worrying divisions within UK higher education.
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UK universities will face greater financial pressure over the next three years due to rising staff costs as they accommodate more students, retain talent and negotiate pay rises, Moody's has warned.
Earnings of people achieving higher-level vocational qualifications in STEM subjects can exceed those of people who pursued the same subjects at a university level, a study has concluded.
In a week when the country was even more focussed on Brexit than usual, other issues were preoccupying higher education, finds Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, reflects on a week of higher education news.
University of Plymouth
University of Worcester
Nottingham Trent University
Manchester Metropolitan University
City University London
University of Gloucestershire
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Edinburgh Napier University
Glasgow Caledonian University
De Montfort University
University of Bedfordshire
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Greenwich
London South Bank University
University of Chichester
Cardiff Metropolitan University
University of Salford
University of Brighton
University of Bradford
London School of Economics And Political Science
University of Central Lancashire
Bath Spa University
University College London
University of Leeds
Anglia Ruskin University
Glasgow School of Art
University of Chester
University of East Anglia
University of Portsmouth
University of Exeter
Harper Adams University
Royal Agricultural University
Birmingham City University
University of Surrey
University of Nottingham
University of Sussex
University of Edinburgh
Leeds Metropolitan University
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
SOAS, University of London
University of Aberdeen
King's College London
Edge Hill University
Birkbeck, University of London
University of Northampton
University of Bristol
University of Reading
University of Hertfordshire
University of Derby
University of The Arts, London
New universities dominate the top positions in a new league table that ranks institutions according to their green credentials.
The universities of Plymouth, Worcester, and Nottingham Trent occupy the first three positions in this year's rankings from the student national campaign group People & Planet.
A total of 20 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.
Newcastle is the top ranking Russell Group university, in 13th place, followed by Leeds in 30th position, Exeter ranked 36th and Nottingham in 42nd place.
The rankings also award 23 institutions with a "Fail" for their relatively poor scores across the table's 13 measures.
Commenting on the University of Worcester's move up into 2nd place from 4th last year, Professor David Green, the University's Vice-Chancellor, said:
“The University’s students and staff have worked hard to promote energy efficiency, recycling, cut car journeys, shop locally, reduce carbon emissions and support Fair Trade.
“We combine practical initiatives, such as using solar power to heat hot water, together with a growing programme of courses in such important areas as river management.”
According to The Guardian, 69 institutions refused to provide data for this year's rankings.
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