University funding/finances


Removing the cap on subsidised sub-bachelor’s places in public universities will pull the rug out from under technical and further education providers offering similar qualifications, says Gavin Moodie

Margaret Gardner

University leaders highlight teaching funding proposal’s similarity to England’s TEF and fear ‘perverse incentives’ 

Labour party supporters

Labour MP and Corbyn critic Wes Streeting poses question of whether ‘bold’ pledge will boost student turnout

University of Manchester

UCU figures on job cut plans in 2017 reveal scholars’ vulnerability in wake of Brexit and TEF

Budget illustration

As higher education costs rise inexorably, students or governments will inevitably have to pay more, says Peter Coaldrake


British universities would be ‘most affected’ by failure to increase Horizon 2020 funding, MEP warns

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UCU attacks plans to cut 171 posts, but university denies Brexit 'the reason'

Skeleton wearing graduation gown in a tree. Northeastern Illinois University protest over funding

Students and academics are flocking to other states as funding impasse approaches two years

Trump protester in Washington

Conservative politicians emboldened by the president’s election could exact the heaviest toll on higher education, says Matthew Hartley

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham
Changes ‘benign’ in context of ‘stunning’ plans proposed previously, say experts
Piggy bank wearing mortar board (tuition fees)

Proposals to introduce tuition fees in Finland met with resistance

Golden egg
Maastricht president says funds can help to build bridge between public and private sectors
United States of America president-elect Donald Trump speaking at podium

Support for medical science and the humanities will increase under 2017 budget deal

Freshman entering Harvard admissions building

Leading universities could widen access without harming academic standards or budgets, report says


Government warned against further reductions in sector funding in upcoming budget

Education concept sign. Knowledge transfer on building

Some research-intensive universities grew value of collaborations by more than 20 per cent in 2015-16

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy

Washing up

Government concessions needed ‘if it is not to lose its bill’, senior Labour peer warns

Lumberjack competition, Australia
Universities’ support for uncapped numbers leaves ministers with limited choices
Child with megaphone at Sydney Opera House

Sir Keith Burnett returns from Australia with some astute observations on two far-from-perfect higher education systems