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The price of privilege

With sky-high fees, disappearing student places and university funding being slashed, the students are getting the short end of the stick. But if we are the ones losing out, is anyone gaining from the changes in Higher Education funding? Read the rest of this page »

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Rules and over-regulation

Oh those bad, bad universities. Last year dozens of them took on hundreds more students than they are allowed to. The official response to this was not to investigate whether maybe there are not enough places available, no instead they gave the universities penalties: a fine of up to millions of pounds. Read the rest of this page »

Reputation matters

Now we know what universities have the best reputations. First spots are taken by the big US institutions and second are UK universities. But do we really need to know this? Read the rest of this page »

Cutting away the bad bits

Nobody needs bad universities, right?
What we do need are strong universities with high teaching standards that will give us the best student experience possible. So surely, if universities with poor teaching and poor management go bust then that would be a good thing.  Read the rest of this page »

Let them shout

Here is one interesting case: two school kids of 16 and 17 years are trying to sue the government over the tuition fee increase.
To be more precise, they claim tripling the fees is discriminating against the poor and according to European law a country cannot do that.   Read the rest of this page »

Who will follow the lead?

Over the weekend David Willetts MP has been urging universities not to take the big leap and triple their fees. Instead, he hopes to see a whole “range of fees” and most universities really should not charge above £6000 or £7000 a year. Even more shocking, he thinks universities who will rush to put their fees up to the maximum could end up looking “rather silly”. Read the rest of this page »