Universities

Thousands of students shun universities in favour of studying for their degrees at local further education colleges

Thousands of students are shunning the UK’s traditional universities to take their degrees in further education (FE) colleges down the road.









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MPs bridle at plans to make universities monitor ‘extremism’

New anti-terror laws requiring universities to tackle extremism on campus threaten to stifle freedom of expression, the Government has been warned by MPs and peers.









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Top universities refuse to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Many of the UK’s leading universities are refusing to spell out just how they are spending their students’ £9,000 a year tuition fees.









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Women trapped in universities’ ivory basements

Female academics are trapped in the “ivory basement” in universities across Britain, where sexual discrimination is rife, according to a new study. They’re being treated as sex objects, turned down for promotion, and penalised for having children, are examples of the “‘cultural sexism’ which characterises the working lives of many women in British academia”, says the paper, which will be published in the journal Gender and Education early next year.









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Gifted pupils from deprived areas to attend regular seminars at top universities

Children as young as 11 are set to be offered classes at universities including Cambridge in a bid to help the brightest comprehensive pupils from poorer areas secure places at top institutions.









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Green Party wants corporate tax to fund universities

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, has set out proposals to pay for higher education with enforced taxation on multinational companies.









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Universities aren’t working us hard enough, say undergraduates

University students do not believe they are being challenged enough in their studies, according to a new report by the consumer watchdog Which?









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Universities increasingly take on new students with vocational qualifications instead of A-levels

Growing numbers of teenagers with top-class vocational qualifications are being recruited by UK universities while the number with A-levels dwindle, according to figures released today.









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British universities becoming more gay-friendly, says Stonewall

British universities are becoming more gay-friendly, according to a major new study by a gay rights charity.









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Universities must unite to beat ‘lad culture’ sexism on campus, claims NUS

Universities have been urged to join forces with students to cool lad culture on campuses after it emerged three out of four students were familiar with sexually provocative websites such as Unilad and the Lad Bible.









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