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…
The Government’s White Paper contains some hefty proposals on the TEF. While these have gone some way to allay the sector’s original concerns, there remain a number of fundamental challenges to the TEF’s success.
Will the TEF, OfS, and changes to regulation proposed by the government’s HE White paper put privatisation back on the agenda? It might make sense for some institutions may begin considering it once again.
Following IFS’ report which showed differing graduate earnings across subjects, Dean Machin argues that a system that allowed for differential fees could ultimately be fairer for students and the taxpayer.
On Wednesday the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the first report into graduate earnings – Andrew McGettigan discussed the report’s findings and their implications with one of the report’s authors: Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at IFS.
George Osborne will publish his seventh budget less than four weeks away on 16th March 2016 and with a looming referendum and high politics dominating the agenda, it’s likely to be his most short and technical to date.