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“Teachers Excellence Framework” threatens a funding crisis for Scottish Universities

The UK government has released a Green Paper that could result in a funding crisis for Scottish universities. The paper, which states plans for a ‘Teachers Excellence Framework’ (TEF), includes contentious content detailing a fee increase for universities that score very highly. It is possible that Scottish universities will choose to increase the fees on […]

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Government measures against extremist speakers spark backlash

New government regulations legally requiring UK universities  to counter extremism went into effect last week, sparking backlash. Part of a government strategy called ‘Prevent,’ the measures  would require the educational institutes to have in place a filtering process to identify potential Islamic extremist speakers who come to talk at the university. As highlighted in the […]

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Universities condemn invasive SNP higher education bill

A new Scottish Government education initiative is facing concerted pressure from universities and education groups. The Higher Education Governance Bill is proposing a number of changes which would significantly alter the independence with which governing bodies run universities. The bill, which has just finished consultation stage, is coming under heavy fire from members of the […]

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Radical changes proposed to address higher education budget shortfalls

As both universities and students grapple with budgetary uncertainties and debt, radical changes have been proposed to the structure of the Scottish higher education system. A new round of calls has been made proposing a shortening of the degree period from four years to three years with the aim of reducing student debt. Meanwhile, UK […]

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Newspaper group charges students to publish stories

Newsquest, the third largest regional and local newspaper publisher in the UK, has launched a collaboration scheme in which students are charged £120 to have content published online and to get a reference from the editor. The “Young Reporter” scheme, first introduced via email to universities offering journalism courses, requires students to write an article […]

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The Sun’s Page 3 back in print after short-lived absence

On Tuesday 20th January, The Times reported a story that their sister publication, The Sun, was dropping their Page 3 feature. Page 3 first originated in the tabloid newspaper in 1970 and ever since then has been a regular presence, boasting images of topless or scantily clad women. However, earlier this week on Monday and […]

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One-third of graduates employed in unpaid internships

According to new research done by the Sutton Trust, nearly a third of university graduates in Britain are employed in unpaid internships. This means that 22 out of the 70,000 people currently employed in work placement schemes are doing so without any pay for the duration of the placement. The research worked out that the […]

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Think tank searches for sustainable ways to fund postgrad education

In October of this year, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published its proposals for a scheme of state backed loans for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom. Author of the publication, Rick Muir, highlighted “no one should be denied the opportunity to go to university because they cannot afford to pay” as the […]