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  • Universities failing to let students 'upgrade' as promised

    An 'adjustment' scheme, created to allow students exceeding their expected grades thereby allowing them to 'trade up' to 'better' universities, as not been implemented by the universities the scheme was designed to open up access to. Leading institutio...
  • Students need "soft skills" to help find work: shadow minister

    At a conference on graduate employability hosted by the Universities Alliance group, Labour shadow minister for higher education Shabana Mahmood went on record as saying that less tangible assets such as "emotional resilience" and the ability "to imply an...
  • "Ignore innovators at your peril", HEA conference hears

    The annual HEA conference on the 3rd & 4th of July, held at the University of Manchester, was the venue for several presentations and speeches underlining the necessity for innovation and fresh approaches to teaching in the HE sector. Of particular not...
  • Are HE in FE students making 'informed choices', asks report

    At present, around 1 in 12 students study their university courses at an institution regarded as a Further Education (FE) college, though plans unveiled by the present coalition government show a keen desire to expand upon this. However, according to a...
  • Bolton University to offer free places to Olympic hopefuls

    The University of Bolton is hoping to attract elite athletes and hopefuls for the Olympic Games of 2016 and beyond by offering the first year free to young elite athletes. Subsequent years will be offered at a reduced rate of £5000 per annum. Up to 50...
  • Oxford attack Vince Cable's state-school parity measures

    Oxford University, as well as other elite UK institutions, have hit out at Vince Cable's quota system incorporated as part of the binding agreement universities were asked to sign as part of the agreement to charge fees above £6000 per year. Oxford curre...
  • Academies to be given power to hire unqualified teachers

    New rules announced by the Department for Education will extend the ability to hire unqualified teachers from beyond the independent and free school sectors, and into the nation's academy-listed schools. A spokesperson at DfE said that "We are extendi...
  • "Outdated" A-level points system to be scrapped

    The points-based system upon which grades are assigned points which contribute to a tally designed to meet university course targets are to be scrapped and replaced with a weighted system. This follows on from criticism of the present system by Univers...
  • Northampton University to use Facebook as Student Portal

    The University of Northampton has teamed up with Facebook and online survey tech provider Toluna to relaunch their newly integrated student portal. Delia Heneghan, Director of Marketing at the University, said: “Changes to top-up fees has meant the h...
  • 'Elite' universities expected to enter 2012 clearing

    Clearing, the last minute search for university places for students who either missed grades or neglected to place an original application, is not usually expected to featured the elite research institutions of the upper end of the rankings. But in the wa...
  • Apprenticeships to create the next wave of pilots and lawyers

    Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced 4230 placements will be funded in a £25m higher apprenticeships initiative, saying that they would help sectors tackle skills shortages and boost participation by under-represented groups like women. Employers...
  • KFC to offer business management degree

    Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), in conjunction with De Montford University in Leicester, have teamed together to offer what is thought to be the first corporate degree course. The fast-food chain has invested nearly £1m in the venture that will see full...
  • Willetts: "employers fishing in an unduly narrow pool"

    Universities Minister David Willetts has criticised graduate employers for the lack of breadth of talent in their university recruitment process. Willetts offered particularly heavy criticism in his speech, given in Central London, toward those who recrui...
  • 3/4 of graduate recruiters demand 2:1

    More than 75% of graduate recruiters now require an upper-second class (2:1) degree as a minimum standard of entry for positions created by 200 of the leading graduate employers. The firms surveyed, including Accenture, Deloitte, Marks & Spencer and Ro...
  • Schools have "anti-learning culture", says Chief Schools Inspector

    Schools have "anti-learning culture", says Chief Schools Inspector Blaming absent fathers, police caution rates, and levels of teenage pregnancy, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief schools inspector has lambasted an 'anti-learning culture' he believes prev...
  • Numbers staying on after high school falls for first time since 2001

    The amount of teenagers staying in education after high school has fallen for the first time in 10 years, with a comparable rise in the the amount of 16-18 year olds considered 'NEET' - Not In Edication, Employment, or Training. This represents the fir...
  • Let 6th formers host lessons, say MPs

    How best to assess the suitability for teaching? A Commons Select Committee feels that it may have come up with a radical suggestion - allowing would-be teachers to host lessons whilst still students. Wastage rates have recently become a concern for MP...
  • "There was no golden age", teachers tell Gove

    "There was no golden age of education. It felt good then because we were only concerned about the education of a minority of children. If it feels bad now, it is because we consider ourselves accountable for the education of every one of them." These w...
  • Students say employability not on university agenda

    Recent graduates have offered damning criticism to UK universities and their approach to student employability, despite the graduate unemployment rate standing at a record high 18.9% in the final quarter of 2011. With universities being forced by law t...
  • CIPD campaigns to get employers engaging with prospective employees

    The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have linked up with several leading UK employers across the private and public sector to promote a fundamental change in the way that employers engage with potential employees. CIPD's director...

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