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The government's announcement of a major review of the National Student Survey signals a worrying shift in the HE regulatory landscape, warns Jon Scott, higher education consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester.
Statements from ministers this week have made it clear that higher education in England is facing significant reforms, re-setting its focus towards helping to plug the UK's skills gaps and rebuilding the economy. Fariba Soetan, Policy Lead for Research and Innovation at the National Centre for Universities and Business, argues that the proposed changes bring a welcome focus on graduate outcomes and supporting the careers of young people.
Universities UK and GuildHE have commissioned the Quality Assurance Agency to develop a new approach to reviewing and enhancing the quality of UK TNE. QAA will consult on a new review method later this year and will launch a programme of in-country enhancement activity in 2021.
After a week of largely disappointing news for UK higher education, Nicola Owen, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Lancaster University, fears that gloomy forecasts for the future of the sector may prove to be uncomfortably accurate.
Loughborough University has been named University of the Year for the second time in three years in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards .
UK higher education had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the past week. Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Prospects, charts the highs and lows.
As the Office for Students places a moratorium on ‘conditional unconditional offers’, Jon Scott, HE consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester, reviews the context of the decision and considers its implications.
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
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London South Bank University
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Cardiff Metropolitan University
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University of Brighton
University of Bradford
London School of Economics And Political Science
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Glasgow School of Art
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Royal Agricultural University
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University of Nottingham
University of Sussex
University of Edinburgh
Leeds Metropolitan University
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
SOAS, University of London
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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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