HEFCE announces preferred bidders for revised operating model for quality assessment

11 months ago

The following preferred bidders were selected: Gateway into the higher education system (Lot 1): the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Verification of a provider’s approach to its own review processes (Lot 2): the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Support for governing bodies (Lot 3): the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Unsatisfactory quality investigations… read more

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HESA launch consultation for review of destinations and outcomes data

11 months ago

This consultation forms part of HESA’s fundamental review of destinations and outcomes data for graduates from Higher Education. Results of the consultation will help to determine what should replace the current DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey. The consultation is designed to gain feedback on high level principles regarding what information needs to… read more

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UCU confirms two-day strike at UK universities over pay

11 months ago

The two day strike will take place on May 25th and 26th. The dispute has arisen following a pay offer of 1.1% from the employer body, the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA), which the union has described as ‘an insult’.

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Boaty McBoatface to be the name of RRS remote underwater vehicle

11 months ago

New polar research ship to be named after Sir David Attenborough. “Reflecting the global interest that the campaign drew, Jo Johnson has also confirmed the popular suggestion Boaty McBoatface will live on as the name of one of the high-tech remotely operated sub-sea vehicles. The “Boaty” sub-sea vehicle will be dispatched from RRS Sir David… read more

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HEFCE publish recurring grants for 2016-17 academic year

11 months ago

The key points to note this year include: An increase of £20 million for mainstream quality-related research (QR) and its London weighting, to a total of £1,070 million. Maintaining in real terms the total teaching grant budgets for our main high-cost subject allocations. Introducing a new fund for geographically focused national collaborative outreach activity that… read more

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NUS votes to boycott or sabotage the NSS and DLHE

12 months ago

This afternoon, NUS National Conference resolved the following: 1. The VPHE, consulting with the NEC and education workers affected by the NSS (represented by UCU, NUS Postgrad Section, and the Fighting Against Casualisation in Education campaign), will determine the most effective boycott/sabotage strategy. 2. This will be done before June, when NUS will write to the government… read more

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HESA publish HE Business and Community Interaction Survey Data 2014/15

12 months ago

The survey results show the number of new and on-going spin-off companies associated with UK HEPs. 129 spin-offs were started with some HEP ownership in 2014/15. 4,160 graduate start-up companies and 138 social enterprises were formed. The HE-BCI survey also covers various types of interaction with businesses and communities. The results include the income earned… read more

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HEFCE publish funding for universities and colleges for 2014-15 to 2016-17: Board decisions

1 year ago

Following decisions taken at the HEFCE Board meeting on 9 March, HEFCE will invest £3.7 billion in recurrent and capital funding for universities and colleges in the academic year 2016-17. The announcement follows the grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to HEFCE of 4 March (Note 1), which sets out the… read more

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Government announce review of lifetime learning support

1 year ago

From the Budget: To promote retraining and prepare people for the future labour market, the government will review the gaps in support for lifetime learning, including for flexible and part-time study. The government will bring together information about the wages of graduates of different courses and the financial support available across further and higher education to ensure that people… read more

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Government announces loans for PhD students

1 year ago

From the Budget: From 2018-19, loans of up to £25,000 will be available to any English student without a Research Council living allowance who can win a place for doctoral study at a UK university. They will be added to any outstanding master’s loan and repaid on the same terms, but with the intention of setting a repayment… read more

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UUK report on growth of degree apprenticeships

1 year ago

Universities, government and employers are encouraged to develop degree apprenticeships in this report published during National Apprenticeship Week 2016. Universities UK commissioned CFE Research to review the development of degree apprenticeships to date, and examine what needs to happen to ensure their future growth and success. The report finds that: Degree apprenticeships are particularly attractive… read more

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FT: Government intends to bring forward an HE Bill in Queen’s Speech

1 year ago

“Mr Cameron is understood to have ordered a bill in the Queen’s Speech, expected before the summer recess, to broaden access and create more competition. Sajid Javid, the Thatcherite business secretary whose brief covers universities, told Tory MPs this week that the bill would open the way for a new generation of higher education providers.”

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QAA, Jisc and HESA join together to form the M5 Group

1 year ago

Three of the UK’s leading higher education agencies have announced plans to explore increased collaboration and cost sharing through a new partnership to be known as the ‘M5 Group’.

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FOI Commission reject Green Paper’s proposals to exempt universities from Act

1 year ago

The Commission finds: The opinion of the Commission is that it continues to be appropriate and important for universities to remain subject to the Act. They are highly important institutions that play a key public role. Although it is correct that the environment in which our universities operate has altered significantly since the Act was going through Parliament,… read more

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BIS Select Committee publish report in to the TEF

1 year ago

A poorly designed or rushed new Teaching Excellence Framework for universities would risk damaging the UK’s outstanding international reputation in higher education, warns the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee in its report, The Teaching Excellence Framework: Assessing quality in Higher Education.

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Over 100 VCs write to the Sunday Times on EU

1 year ago

Sunday Times letter and signatories Dear Sir, Now that the Prime Minister has announced the referendum date, we urge the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities. Inside the EU, we are better able to collaborate with partners from across Europe to carry out cutting edge research, from… read more

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Spectator: BIS Secretary of State backs remaining in the EU

1 year ago

Sajid Javid will campaign for Britain to stay in the EU. The Business Secretary’s decision is a blow to the Leave camp which had been hopefully of recruiting him; Javid had spoken in the past of how he was ‘not afraid’ of Britain leaving the EU as it ‘would open up opportunities’. Senior figures on… read more

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BIS publish departmental plan: 2015 to 2020

1 year ago

Our single departmental plan describes the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) priority objectives for 2015 to 2020.

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