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Charity regulator cautions Ucas about marketing loans to trainees

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service has been rebuked by the Charity Commission over its role in the marketing of private loans to students and school-leavers, with the regulator warning that Ucas needs to rein in its commercial arm. The commission’s intervention followed direct mail and email marketing sent to students last month by Ucas…

Education costs fall from 2010 to now was worst because 1970...

Schools and colleges in England have suffered the worst fall in spending since the depths of the 1970s, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS research into education spending says the government’s promised increases in funding will barely repair the squeeze endured since 2010. The report found that adult education,…

If universities worth overseas trainees, they need to stop marginalising them|Zainab...

Universities have prioritised internationalising their campuses for a long time, but lately the conversation has shifted towards decolonisation. Yet these are not two separate initiatives: international students’ experiences would improve if universities thought more about the impact of empire on them too. UK universities’ attitudes towards international students have evolved since they first started arriving…

John McDonnell backs ‘Eliminate Eton’ dispute at Labour conference

The shadow chancellor is to throw his weight behind an “Abolish Eton” debate at the Labour party conference this weekend, as he declares that “private schools don’t need to exist” in an equal society. John McDonnell said he supported a motion put forward by the campaign group Labour Against Private Schools calling for independent schools…

Office ‘hurried to punish’ trainees implicated of unfaithful

The Home Office “rushed to penalise” international students accused of cheating in English language tests without checking the reliability of evidence, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded. The public accounts committee has compared the way the department treated more than 30,000 international students accused of breaking the rules of an official English language test to the…

Labour votes to ditch trainee wing ahead of celebration conference

The founder of Momentum, a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, has succeeded in a bid to make the party effectively abolish its 40-year-old student wing, which is dominated by the more centrist side of the party. Jon Lansman won the backing of Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) for a motion that argued Labour Students…

‘Do not wait on approval’: how to earn a living from...

This week, Lula Marsh, 18, has been on set doing 12 hour days with a 50 minute commute each way. She is working five days a week as a runner for a film company. She wants to be an actor and is deciding whether to apply to drama school next year. “I’m learning a lot…

Education secretary backs evaluation of university admissions

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has backed a review into university admissions, including a fresh look at whether school leavers should only apply for places after receiving their A-level results. Williamson said recent developments, such as the steep rise in unconditional offers to sixth-formers, reopened questions over the admissions system and its calendar, as part…

UK trainees waiting approximately 3 months for psychological healthcare

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counselling last year, with the worst case being…

Just half of UK universities prepared for no-deal Brexit– research study

Four out of five British universities are worried about the impact of crashing out of the EU without a deal, as vice-chancellors look to stockpile essential supplies ranging from chemicals to toilet paper. A survey of members by Universities UK, which represents more than 130 higher education institutions, found that 80% of those responding said…

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