Private lives of the British university: a vision of the future?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“The rumours of elite universities rushing towards unilateral privatisation have been quiet of late, but this may cease-to-be if future reforms to teaching and research funding fail to give such institutions sufficient incentives to remain in the public domain …” (more)

[Benedict Wilkinson and Ant Bagshaw, Wonkhe, 20 May]

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EU-US trade deal to undermine education as ‘public good’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Upheaval in third-level sector escalates on Monday with industrial action at Cork IT Students at work at Cork Institute of Technology. The new trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and US will ‘enshrine increased rights for privatised education’ at the expense of publicly-funded colleges, lecturers have claimed …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Sector-wide ‘baseline’ regulation needed for traditional and ‘private’ English universities, says watchdog

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“Higher education (HE) providers should be able to demonstrate a ‘baseline level of quality’ before being allowed to operate in England, regardless of how they are funded, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said …” (more)

[OUT-LAW.com, 25 March]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 1. Outsourcing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“When governments run unsustainable budget deficits they can raise taxes or cut spending or do a combination of both. Which approach is best at any given time is one of the problems that seems to constantly occupy and divide the minds of economists …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 April]

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Speech by Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills at the 2014 Higher Education Colleges Association Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to be invited to address you today.In my address I would like to refer to developments in a number of areas as follows: The higher education reform programme and the role of private higher education; Internationalisation; Qualifications issues; Teacher supply …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 April]

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Talks of Privatisation at Trinity Global Graduate Forum

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“Reports presented to attendees of the Trinity Global Graduates Forum (TGGF) on November 9th and 10th reveal that Trinity College Dublin is considering a degree of privatisation …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 19 November]

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Provost’s privatisation agenda rejected by students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“An overwhelming majority of students would oppose the privatisation of Trinity College, Dublin, according to a new survey conducted last week by Trinity News. Just under 81% of the 500 TCD students that were polled by this paper indicated that they would not support the privatisation agenda …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Private sector to fight universities for high-grade students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Student numbers at private higher education institutions will be capped from 2014-15, the government has confirmed, while private providers will also be granted unlimited recruitment of high-grade students …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 August]

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Private third level institutions – They’re great because … well … they just are …

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2013 by steve

“Interesting piece by Ed Walsh in the SBP this weekend. He is banging the drum for private third level institutions like IBAT, Griffith College and so on. He starts with quotes from various industry worthies as to the need for highly qualified technical graduates and how there are supposedly jobs there for them if only they – the graduates – existed …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 16 April]

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Commercial pressure led to rushed job on for-profit title award

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2013 by steve

“The government decision to approve the UK’s first for-profit university was hurried through to help meet a deadline in its sale to a private equity firm, a document obtained by Times Higher Education suggests …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 31 January]

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‘Copy BT model’ for privatisation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“The privatisation of the UK telecoms industry ‘provides a useful model for the growth of higher education’ in showing that monopolies can be broken to benefit consumers, the government was told by a private college aiming for degree-awarding powers …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 1 November]

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Private dental school to open

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2012 by steve

“Britain’s first private dental school will open next September. The school, which will take 100 students a year on a five-year course costing £180,000, is expected to be the forerunner of many more private institutions offering specialist degree courses …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 17 September]

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Wave of private subsidiaries tests the barriers of regulation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“A growing number of universities are setting up lower-fee private subsidiaries in response to increased competition in the sector, with regulators committing to monitor the emerging trend. The latest to announce such a move is the University of Hertfordshire …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 6 September]

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Going Public On The Private University …

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2012 by steve

“It’s that time of the year again when all the papers are full of photos of attractive A level students reading their results with glee, and talking about which university they are planning to go to …” (more)

[Christine O’ Grady, Huffington Post, 19 August]

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Universities Going Private: Should We Ask ‘If’ or ‘When’?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“Will any of the ‘big player’ universities attempt to go private any time soon? With the news that Pearson is introducing for-profit private HE, ‘the first time a FTSE 100 company has directly delivered a degree course’, I wondered what other changes might be on the horizon for current universities …” (more)

[TheUniversityBlog, 14 August]

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FT publisher Pearson to open business college

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“Pearson, the British publisher that owns the Financial Times, is to set up its own college offering business degrees. Pearson said it aimed to recruit ‘the brightest and most entrepreneurial students’ for the courses …” (more)

[Business Post, 14 August]

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FT owners plan college for business degrees

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“The company which owns the Financial Times is to set up its own college offering business degrees. Pearson said it aimed to recruit ‘the brightest and most entrepreneurial students’ for the courses, which have been developed with a number of businesses …” (more)

[Guardian, 14 August]

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As Britain’s Private Institutions Evolve, Lawmakers There Should Look to the US for Insights, Report Says

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2011 by steve

“As private higher education makes inroads in Britain, lawmakers should look to the United States for lessons on shaping how the industry will grow and evolve, a new report says. Private Providers in UK Higher Education: Some Policy Options, from the Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent think tank, examines the landscape in Britain, where, as in the rest of Europe, most higher-education institutions are public …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 May]

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Going private is no panacea for universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2011 by steve

“Universities may be considering throwing off the burdens of bureaucracy and state control associated with public funding and going it alone as commercial enterprises. A more generally commercial approach might be of more value than focusing on government interference, though …” (more)

[Nicola Hart, OUT-LAW, 7 April]

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Poland’s students go private in force

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2011 by steve

“After the fall of communism, one aspect of capitalism embraced with fervour in Poland was privatised education. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall there was just one private university, run by the Catholic church. Now more than a third of Poland’s students are educated outside the state system …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 6 April]

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