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University of Malta could offer financial incentive for students who apply with a Maltese qualification

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Think carefully about treating students differently because of their backgrounds

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Durham education experts call for more ‘radical’ approach to contextualised admissions

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Paper highlights possible negative impact of performance-related funding and for-profit universities on widening participation  


Dip in number of applications puts students in the driving seat, say sector experts

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Data on the entry qualifications of students at UK universities suggest that there must be more to the growth in top degrees


Private school pupils 43 percentage points more likely to enrol in most prestigious institutions

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Before pouring more public or private money into universities, politicians must ensure that all students are properly prepared, says Warren Bebbington

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Threat to sue universities with policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants ‘deeply disturbing’

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Drop in students getting go-ahead for study for first time in almost a decade

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Financial issues are not the central barriers to increased university access in Canada. It is cultural factors that must be tackled, say Ross Finne, Athur Sweetman and Richard Mueller

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Students from University College Birmingham-validated foundation degrees will be eligible to enrol on University of Birmingham degrees with advanced standing

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Middlesex v-c proposes ‘comprehensive element’ and end to ‘hyper-selective’ admissions in Hepi paper

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John Morgan considers the hierarchies of prestige in higher education, the insights offered by big data research, and whether mixed-ability universities are the answer

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EU applications drop 5 per cent post-Brexit, as numbers of mature and nursing applicants also decline

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University cites Brexit as factor causing financial uncertainty – but also as recruitment ‘opportunity’

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Survey of university admissions staff paints an unflattering picture of today’s students, finds Jeremy Lewis

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Forty-eight per cent of universities report drop in overseas undergraduate ‘yield’, following election of divisive president

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Unrealistic expectations of would-be students revealed by major survey

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Mexico and Canada share their experiences of supporting indigenous learners