Government has agreed to provide ‘stabilisation’ support for the university sector – now plunged into crisis as a result of the potential collapse in overseas student numbers. https://education-economy-society.com/2020/04/27/falls-in-student-numbers-put-universities-in-crisis/ But providing longer term finance is likely to come at a price. According to the Financial Times (07/05) any further support would require a ‘restructuring regime’ aimed … Continue reading HE crisis – more cash but only if there’s ‘restructuring’
Faced with a significant fall in student numbers, because of the covid crisis, universities are calling for a government bailout. Research for the University and College Union (UCU), based on the intentions of new students, estimates a £2.5 billion shortfall and 30 000 job losses The report predicts that universities could lose £1.5bn in international … Continue reading Falls in student numbers put universities in crisis.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies has published detailed research on graduate earnings compared with non-graduates. It's based on those attending university in the mid-2000s. According to IFS, earnings of male graduates grow strongly throughout their 30s and far outstrips that of non-graduates. Male graduates enjoy a £15k growth between 30 and 40, compared with just … Continue reading What price a graduate?
Final analysis by UCAS shows that nearly 40% of 18 year olds now receive at least one 'unconditional' offer (or an offer that would be unconditional if the applicant agrees to make the university their first choice ). While this continues to reflect growing marketisation and the desperate attempts of institutions to attract students - … Continue reading Universities: 40% now get unconditional offers
UCAS reports highest ever numbers of school leavers have made applications for September -by the end of June, over 235.000 18 years,40% of 18 years had applied -though the number from Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland has fallen. https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/undergraduate-statistics-and-reports/ucas-undergraduate-releases/applicant-releases-2019-cycle/2019-cycle-applicant-figures-30-june-deadline Universities will be delighted, particularly those dependent on expansion for survival. They'll continue to argue that … Continue reading School leavers head for Uni in record numbers
The Augar report on post-18 learning has been long awaited. The first government sponsored review of higher education since Robbins, it’s two hundred or so pages were published in the week the Prime Minister who commissioned it resigned and as universities start to wind down, or at least lose their students for the summer. Perhaps … Continue reading Review of Post -18 Education and Funding. First impressions
What should we make of the recent UCAS release that a third of 18 year olds now receive unconditional offers for university places? School and college representatives are right to argue that this is a reflection of an ‘out of control’ market based higher education system where universities have to chase students or face financial … Continue reading A third of 18 year olds now get ‘unconditional offers’ – what’s the problem?