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Cassandra calling out higher education

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.

Whatuni award winners announced

Loughborough University has been named University of the Year for the second time in three years in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards .

Research England invites bids for £4m fund

Research England is launching a new fund in autumn 2018 to support the scaling up of existing, strategically-significant, internationally-collaborative research relationships between English Higher Education Institutions and universities and research organisations outside of the UK.

A maximum of £500,000 can be applied for through the £4m International Investment Initiative. Awards must be led by an English HEI in collaboration with a minimum of one international university or research organisation.

The primary use of the I3 awards must be for scaling up international research collaboration at the institutional or organisational unit level (e.g. faculty). The scheme will provide up to five years of funding which will be matched by bidders through cash or in-kind contributions.

Supported activities must not be eligible for funding through the Global Challenges Research Fund or the Newton Fund. The scheme will not directly support individual research projects.

Further details on the application and assessment processes, eligibility and funding criteria, and participating organisation co-investment requirements will be available on the Research England website in autumn 2018.

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