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Quality, compliance and international students doublespeak

The Third Reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill pointed to an interesting new formulation of language by the government about their policy on international students. Could this be the start of a long climb-down from Amber Rudd’s speech in September?

Labour rules out new HE funding policy

At Labour Party Conference held in Brighton, we report from an HE meeting were Gordon Marsden – the new shadow universities minister – strongly ruled out an early new commitment around HE fees and funding.

Profile: Gordon Marsden MP

A profile of Gordon Marsden, the MP for Blackpool South who will be shadowing the universities brief on the Labour front bench and leading on HE issues for the Shadow BIS Team.

Profile: Angela Eagle MP

Following the announcement that Angela Eagle will serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Zaki Dogliani profiles the Wallasey MP.

The 2015 UKIP Manifesto

Emily Lupton summarises UKIP’s 2015 election manifesto and what the party plans for higher education including free tuition for STEMM courses and abolishing loans for EU students.

The 2015 Green Party Manifesto

In their 2015 election manifesto the Green Party attacks the current state of UK higher education and lists ways to address the issues. These include scrapping fees and SLC student debts.

Labour announce £6k fees for 2016

Labour have announced their long-anticipated policy to reduce fees from £9,000 to £6,000. Ed Miliband also announced that Labour would raise maintenance grants by £400. Emily Lupton goes through everything we know about the ‘fully funded’ plan. This piece will be updated as information becomes available.

Postgraduate loans – everything we know

In this afternoon’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the Government would introduce loans for all young people that want to access postgraduate study, of up to £10,000 across all disciplines. There have been growing calls over the last few years for the introduction of such a scheme from think tanks and sector organisations including IPPR, NUS, CentreForum and others.

Some HE legislation back on the cards

Something is afoot in The House of Lords and after a drought of primary legislation about HE in this Parliament, we could be on the verge of a fascinating change that has been gestating since the 2011 White Paper, thanks to the politics around the Consumer Rights Bill. Mark Leach takes a quick look at the implications of the Labour Amendment currently heading towards Report Stage, that would alter the 2004 Act on institutions and the OIA.

The accidental universities minister

Last night at a fringe meeting hosted by ResPublica at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Universities and Science Minister Greg Clark MP made it clear that his passion is somewhere else.