And the wait was finally over The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has written to HEFCE with the Department's annual message on funding and helpful bag of instructions. As excitement in the sector reached near fever pitch, the contents were being live-tweeted by @TimesHigherEd while everyone else waited to get hold of … Continue reading The 2014 Grant letter: another epistolary triumph
Show and Tell: The Office of Fair Trading is Looking at Universities (again)
And they are looking for a lot of information. Back in October 2013 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) issued a call for information on the undergraduate part of the higher education sector in England. This follows the earlier look (outcome awaited) at terms and conditions in relation to student debts and universities' practices in … Continue reading Show and Tell: The Office of Fair Trading is Looking at Universities (again)
Higher education funding letters: another bundle of joy
On government HE funding letters The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has written to HEFCE with the Department's annual message on funding and helpful bag of instructions. The letter sets out Government funding and priorities for HEFCE and for higher education for the second year of the new financial arrangements for higher … Continue reading Higher education funding letters: another bundle of joy
Agent power and international student recruitment
Are agents too powerful? A recent Times Higher Education story on the use of agents by UK universities in international student recruitment noted: UK universities recruited more than 50,000 international students through commission payments to overseas agents last year, spending close to £60 million on the practice in 2010-11. Using data obtained under the Freedom … Continue reading Agent power and international student recruitment
Is this the future for UK university sport?
Some US universities spend a LOT on sport A recent Bloomberg report on US universities expenditure on sport highlights the huge amounts spent by Rutgers, which tops the list of spending: Like most of Rutgers University’s almost 30,000 undergraduates, Matt Cordeiro has never put on shoulder pads and played football on a Saturday before a … Continue reading Is this the future for UK university sport?
The Imperfect University: More and more regulation
More Regulatory Woes A recent speech by the Universities Minister focused on his apparent desire to reduce regulation for institutions: “We are in a government that understands the value of autonomy,” Mr Willetts said. Mr Willetts talked about the possibility of reducing data collection requirements as well as the likelihood of universities escaping some EU … Continue reading The Imperfect University: More and more regulation
Firsts and fees, plagiarism and pay hikes (and the rest)
No dumbing down here - is this the most comprehensive HE piece ever? Daily Mail online has a terrific piece which manages to conflate a host of different higher education issues within a single kick ass column. On the back of recent HESA data which shows an increase in the number of students achieving first … Continue reading Firsts and fees, plagiarism and pay hikes (and the rest)
Freshers’ week: just a drunken scam?
An interesting view on freshers' week Libby Purves, writing in The Times, argues that freshers' week is not quite what it seems and has to stop. The new fees regime, she suggests, may put an end to this "ghastly scam". These festivals are now in progress or revving up at most British universities; a weird, … Continue reading Freshers’ week: just a drunken scam?
“For-Profits Eye the British Market”
New opportunities for private providers The Chronicle of Higher Education has a good piece on the interest for-profit providers are taking in the UK market. Robert Lytle of the Parthenon Group, management consultants with an interest in education, seems a bit sceptical: "It's a very expensive market to operate in, and the profitability is not … Continue reading “For-Profits Eye the British Market”
Following the money: paying out for AAB
"Universities cut fees for top students" According to The Sunday Times that is. However, the headline doesn quite match the story which is a bit more complicated than that. The BBC presents it a little differently as "Universities to offer A grade students cash". All of this seems to be sparked by comments from Steve … Continue reading Following the money: paying out for AAB
British students flocking to the US Ivy League. Or not?
An untrained brain drain? In a recent post I commented on the press reports on the modest flow of English students to universities in continental Europe and the reverse flow of other EU students to the UK. The media seems extremely keen to report any international movement by students from the UK as evidence of … Continue reading British students flocking to the US Ivy League. Or not?
White Paper inspiration from the US?
A somewhat different approach to cost savings in the new fees regime Not sure if this was a source of inspiration for the White Paper. It looks like something of a blue print for efficient management at the bargain basement end of the new private providers (but perhaps not for the New College of the … Continue reading White Paper inspiration from the US?
Swings and roundabouts?
UK students rush to Maastricht. European students run to the UK So what is the story here? Is UK (or English) higher education in the post-Browne era so terrible that a mass exodus to the Netherlands is underway? The Independent reports that a Dutch university has seen a 'tenfold' rise in applicants: The number of … Continue reading Swings and roundabouts?
Regulation, Regulation, Regulation
More Regulatory Woes In University Governance: Questions for a New Era, Professor Malcolm Gillies looks at a whole set of issues around university governance. A previous post noted his suggestion about a greater involvement of alumni but he suggests that they will become more important than the state, at least in governance terms, because of … Continue reading Regulation, Regulation, Regulation
World Education: The New Powerhouse – Going Global 2011 §1
Some comments on Going Global 2011 - World Education: The New Powerhouse? I was fortunate to be present at the British Council’s Going Global Conference in Hong Kong earlier in March. There were about 1,000 delegates there and as might be expected for this kind of event many of the presentations were high level and … Continue reading World Education: The New Powerhouse – Going Global 2011 §1