A “fair” funding system is something everyone can agree on the need for. Unfortunately, agreeing on what “fair” should mean in this context is much more difficult. David Malcolm takes a look through three recent attempts.
Helen Carasso of the University of Oxford explains why this ‘answer’ to the high levels of debt with which graduates now start their careers creates as least as many problems as it might be thought to solve.
Based on recent documents that have come in the public domain, Mike Otsuka asks if pensions are going to be cut to solve the USS deficit, what are the real and achievable options for the future of the scheme?
The USS pension fund deficit is not exactly news, but the latest round of headlines only adds to the stink of intergenerational unfairness that surrounds universities. Ant Bagshaw unpicks the numbers and the politics.
Creative Arts graduates make up 10% of all those captured by LEO, but are by far the lowest earners. If the sector doesn’t wise up, the government will start asking questions, argues Andrew McGettigan.
Beside their divergent views on the merits of tuition fees, there is a surprising amount that is similar across the political parties’ plans for education, with a particular focus on the FE and technical sectors, argues Ant Bagshaw.
One fifth of the UK’s students are studying in business schools, and EU and international students studying business are worth £3.2 billion to the UK economy. Angus Laing looks at the challenges ahead post-Brexit.
You might have missed an odd new arbitrary government judgement of university quality when it comes to Initial Teacher Training. Steph Harris explains the messy affair and its implications for higher education policy making.
Following new forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, the value of tuition fee rises to universities are forecast to rise, but the predictions can only take us only so far for universities’ complex planning cycle.
Sterling is going down, and inflation is going up. But for some large costs for universities, inflation is far higher than the nationally reported rates. Just another way Brexit is hurting higher education in unexpected places…