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Students Debate Support for UCU Strikes

Friday, 18 February marked the 5th day of a 10 day strike by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) against the University of Edinburgh, bringing the perennial debate over student support for strike action back into vogue. Student support at Edinburgh for UCU strikes is often high, rarely dropping below 50%. However, some supporters of […]

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The Student on Education Reform

Stop monetising our university experience Why do we go to university? What is it for? Realistically, nowadays, many go solely for that (supposedly) prospect-enhancing piece of paper, and to delay having to go directly into the real world. Don’t get me wrong, many students love their degree subjects, but an equal number are in it […]

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Humanities degrees are crying out for reform

If you study humanities, then you’ll know the pain of slogging through seemingly endless reading assignments each week. Although this has been an eternal bane of students, past and present, lockdown seems to have made the sheer volume of these unbearable. The combination of no in-person teaching along with limited interaction with other students has […]

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New funding for university mental health services

On 11 December, the Scottish government announced a further £1.32 million in funding for colleges and universities to support student mental health, wellbeing and welfare. This has come at a crucial time, as the nation has found itself in yet another lockdown, which likely affect students’ mental health across the country. A survey from the […]

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PM pledges major reforms to post-18 education

From next April, adults with no Level Three qualifications will be able to undertake college courses for free. Speaking from a college on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new lifetime skills guarantee intended to boost productivity and reduce unemployment in the UK post Covid-19.  Amongst other new schemes, the government will be funding […]

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ASEF Capacity Building Training: An interview with Dr Edizon Fermin

Manvir Dobb talks to Dr Edizon Fermin, the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the National Teacher’s College in the Philippines, on the last day of the ASEF Capacity Building Training programme to reflect on the skills that have been learnt in this course. What do you think are the key issues for higher education […]

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ASEF in conjunction with World Access to Higher Education Day

In order to raise global awareness around inequalities in access and success in higher education, the World Access to Higher Education Day aims to catalyse international, regional and local action. By effectuating action at multifarious platforms, the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) is hosting a capacity building training in conjunction with WAHED from the 24th November […]

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More than half of young people in higher education

In 1999, Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair set a 2010 target for 50 per cent of young people to go to university.  This was finally achieved in the academic year 2017/18 with, according to recent stats released by the Department of Education, 50.2 per cent of English 17 to 30-year-olds participating in Higher Education. This […]