Private providers

Student loans

BBC films education agent offering to 'take care' of students' attendance and assignments

Manchester United

Profit should not be a ‘dirty word’ in education, says former Manchester United and England star

Big hats

Senior QAA reviewer claims it is unfair to compare alternative providers to universities when they charge different fees

Fish slipping out of grip

Public spending watchdog calls for action on high dropout rates and payments to ‘ineligible’ students

Toothless man

Students on course forced to find alternative programmes, as government plans to open English sector further to new providers

Anti-fees protester

Countries worldwide are grappling with the challenge of expanding higher education with limited resources while maintaining quality 

Old Trafford, Manchester

Class of ’92 to set up alternative provider teaching business, media and sport

Crosshair on money

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

BPP University College

HMRC claims reorganisation of for-profit university’s owner may represent ‘abuse’ of VAT rules

degree awarding powers

Independent Higher Education survey indicates that new providers will look to compete with established universities in future

BPP University march

University of Buckingham and University of Law grab top ratings in UK’s new teaching assessment

US dollars

Indiana public higher education institution eyes for-profit online provider’s technological expertise

Group of people jumping in to the sea from a cliff

New data allow greater scrutiny of student retention in England’s ‘challenger’ institutions

anarchy sign painted on statue

Leading scholar says many countries have ‘neither the will nor the capacity’ to manage growth

playing ping pong

Lords may insist on changes if they scent chance of overturning UK government’s slim Commons majority

Michael Parkin illustration (9 March 2017)

Cramming study into the shortest possible time will impoverish the student experience and drive an even greater wedge between research-enabled permanent staff and the growing underclass of flexible teaching staff, says Tom Cutterham

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Peers back further amendments to Higher Education and Research Bill

BPP University march

Institution’s university title and degree-awarding powers to be looked at

Pile of Chinese currency 100s of yuan

Country looks to private sector to increase student numbers even further

Pearson College London to mirror company's strategic direction in employer engagement and online