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January 25, 2005

Oxford to cut British student places
Oxford University is planning to cut hundreds of places for British undergraduates and increase those for foreign students as it aims to stem chronic losses that threaten its world-class status. The university admitted that it was in effect being bailed out by profits from the Oxford University Press, which covered an annual £20 million deficit in running costs.
Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent

Happy, clean-living and financially competent
That will be a student then. The latest series of annual surveys of students' experiences in the UK suggests many work to cover costs and see university as a worthwhile route to improved employability.
BBC

Student housing group plans bond sale
Unite, a commercial provider of student accommodation, plans to sell a £250 million bond backed by income from student housing.
Independent

Pilot runs into problems
The Government's offer of free tuition for all adults who failed to pick up adequate qualifications during their teens has so far received a lukewarm response in trials. Some colleges piloting the scheme have found it impossible to say whether anybody has taken it up because they already waive fees for so many of their adult students.
Guardian

Living on borrowed time?
The cash-guzzling Learning and Skills Council had better not start whingeing if it wants to survive, says Peter Kingston
Guardian

Seeing red
Donald MacLeod looks at moves to reduce the bureaucratic burden on academics.
Guardian

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