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Reviewing the past week's higher education news, Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, takes issue with claims that UK higher education is "broken" and sees encouraging signs that it is addressing issues over diversity.
Professor Malcolm Todd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost (academic and student experience) at the University of Derby, comments on what he sees as the most significant higher education news and opinions making headlines in the first week of 2020.
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, introduces the launch of Year Three of UUKi's Go International: Stand Out campaign, calling on employers to promote the value of international experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Glasgow School of Art
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Guildhall School of Music and Drama
SOAS, University of London
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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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