Contracts, complaints and unintended consequences

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“Whenever a minister announces a potential extension to the rights of students, I’ve started to notice a familiar pattern, and Jo Johnson’s announcement of an OfS consultation on the content of student contracts (his own little regulatory dead cat on the fees and debt table) is a case in point …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 7 August]

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Higher education: funding reform is vital

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The fact that Irish universities are experiencing a significant increase in applications from international students is encouraging. It indicates that despite a decade of funding cuts and rising student numbers, higher education in Ireland retains a good reputation abroad …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 August]

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Testing times for quality teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – With the news that the Minister for Education is considering the introduction of a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (Home News, July 25th) it is worth considering some of the quality processes that currently exist in the third-level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Success in academia: the pressure to be international

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“The UK’s research system relies on international researchers. More than a quarter of researchers in UK universities are from other countries, and more than a third of PhD students are from outside the UK. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, it is crucial to understand how and why researchers move between countries …” (more)

[Susan Guthrie and Catie Lichten, Times Higher Education, 4 May]


Higher spending is not the key to equity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“What is a reasonable balance between public and private funding of universities? The question would not arise if Western economies were prosperous enough that university costs increased no faster than rises in family incomes could manage in terms of higher tuition fees. But economic abundance seems remote in the short term …” (more)

[Warren Bebbington, Times Higher Education, 3 August]