University funding/finances

Man being questioned by detectives

Department’s 250,000 ‘credibility interviews’ in two years questioned after ‘unjustified’ refusals to students

Male student sitting alone in lecture hall

Study recommends that universities use financial and market data to assess whether programmes are likely to succeed

Andrew Hamilton warns politicians against ‘false economies’ in his final annual speech

Nicholas Dirks, THE World Academic Summit, Melbourne

Berkeley chancellor says great public institutions can support their missions by looking for funding elsewhere

University of Melbourne

New education minister Simon Birmingham announces at THE summit in Melbourne that controversial policy will not come in next year

Man held back by red tape

Increased role for governing bodies also questioned in responses to Hefce’s quality assessment consultation

Labour placard

New shadow higher education minister, Gordon Marsden, also warns of ‘TEF apartheid’

Pollution, smoke, foaail fuels, burning

Ben Neville and Tom Swann set out why they wish some universities made more ethical investment decisions

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions

People paddling on a makeshift raft

Multi-partner initiative launched by University Alliance institutions mirrors the doctoral training centre model


John Morgan looks at the latest spending review developments

Air cadets learn formation flying, 1942

University’s v-c and deputy also raise concerns about teaching excellence framework’s timescale, choice of metrics and impact overseas

Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Arsenal, Barclays Premier League match

Naomi Weir urges caution in the face of plans to reform an efficient research funding system

How medical research is funded

Charities blame widening gap between their grants and full costs of research 

Piggy bank drowning in debt

Women and students from poorer backgrounds to be hardest hit, says Sutton Trust analysis

Mind the Gap sign on the Tube

It seems unlikely that charity donors will want to pay for university research overheads – but someone will have to eventually

Charles Clarke, Labour Party Conference, Brighton, England, 2005

Former Labour education secretary defends his top-up fees policy and attacks ‘unacceptable’ coalition changes, as he starts King’s College London role


Student safety and funding are key concerns for Vaal and UKZN undergraduates

Philip Altbach, research professor in higher education, Boston College

Philip Altbach warns that ‘you can’t starve a higher education system’ without grave consequences

Young woman using tablet PC

Continent’s youthful population will soon require many more university places, with high numbers likely to study outside their home country

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