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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…

Tape variety of disadvantaged students get university locations

Record numbers of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have won places to go to university this year, according to the admissions agency Ucas. More than a fifth of 18-year-olds (20.4%) from areas of the country with the lowest rate of participation in higher education have confirmed places at universities across…

‘The youth generation is unified’: the uni trainees striking for the...

In a cold, dingy room at the back of a Loughborough pub, maths student Steff Farley would meet with friends to discuss an issue they felt no one was talking about on campus. These conversations over a few pints were the start of a campaign that would eventually push the university to divest from fossil…

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…

United States scholastic provided 2 weeks to leave UK after 8...

After eight years researching music history at Glasgow University, Elizabeth Ford hoped her request for a visa extension would sail through this summer. Instead, the Home Office gave the American academic two weeks to pack up her life and leave the country. Ford has held a research fellowship at Edinburgh University – which, like Glasgow…

‘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…

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