Month: September 2012

Rise in tuition fees puts 30,000 off university: Shortfall could cost colleges hundreds of millions

Leading headmaster warns of increasing ‘brain drain’ to U.S. colleges The number of students starting university has slumped by around 30,000 following the imposition of £9,000-a-year tuition fees. The disclosure will fuel claims that the Coalition Government’s steep rise in

Warning over shortage of engineering graduates

The UK needs to increase by as much as 50% the number of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) graduates it is creating, a report says. The study, by the Royal Academy of Engineering, says 100,000 Stem graduates are needed

Universities ‘using foreign students as cash cows’

Foreign students with poor qualifications are being used by British universities as “cash cows” to fill holes in the higher education budget, a leading academic has admitted. Universities and successive governments have “turned a blind eye” to the recruitment of

Jeremy Paxman: University Challenge at 50 is harder than ever – and the students are getting smarter

Presenter of 17 years confesses that he was “nowhere near qualifying” for the show in his student days after underperforming in a blurry after-dinner qualifier. University Challenge is harder than ever and the students are getting smarter, Jeremy Paxman has

EBacc ‘could marginalise’ pupils with learning difficulties such as dyslexia

British Dyslexia Association says emphasis on exams rather than coursework could harm pupils with some learning difficulties Michael Gove‘s plans for English Baccalaureate examinations to replace GCSEs could discriminate against teenagers with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, it was claimed

Displaced Syrian students to start school term in Jordan camp

Children staying at the Zaatari camp for displaced Syrians in Jordan were on Monday September 17 eagerly anticipating returning to lessons, as they registered for a new school, which is due to start next week.The school, which is operating under

GCSEs axed: True test to restore faith in exam system

Michael Gove declared the end of more than two decades of “dumbing down” yesterday with the biggest overhaul of the examinations system in a generation. In the Coalition’s most ambitious education reforms to date, the Education Secretary announced that exams

GCSEs replaced by ‘English Bac’ in key subjects

The GCSE exam in England is going to be replaced in core subjects by a qualification called the English Baccalaureate Certificate. A shake-up of the exam system, unveiled by Education Secretary Michael Gove, will mean a single end-of-course exam and

Adonis should speak up about the enemies of promise in schools

Lord Adonis’s role as adviser to Ed Miliband means there is a lot he doesn’t say about Labour’s failures on education Former ministers with time on their hands, post-reshuffle, should study the example of Andrew Adonis. Lord Adonis may no

Third of Britain’s elite universities still looking for students

Seven out of 24 institutions in the elite Russell Group are still advertising vacancies on more than 1,000 courses days before the start of the academic year. Thirty thousand more places have been made available through the clearing system than