Part-time university education collapses
21 March 2013
Part-time students are shunning higher education because of the costs they face, a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute claimed this week. Part-time demand has dropped by a third despite the fact that some part-time students now qualify for access to loans on a similar basis to full-time students, according to the report.
Starting salaries for graduate jobs fall for some subjects
15 March 2013
Starting salaries for graduate-type occupations have increased overall but the advantage over non-graduate employment has diminished for some subjects, according to analysis for The Complete University Guide, published today (Monday, March 18 2013).
"No risk from reforms" but universities beg to differ
14 March 2013
The 2012 English higher education reforms pose no immediate risk to the overall financial health of the country’s universities from the switch to higher tuition fees and lower direct state funding. However, the report, Challenges and opportunities: Impact of the higher education reforms on students, universities and colleges, from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), says that the changes in funding, coupled with recruitment shortfalls in 2012–13, have led to a wide variation in financial performance and health across institutions.
Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings
04 March 2013
Three UK universities have dropped out of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings while Australia continues to build its presence. Although the US is the country with most universities in the top 100, its performance is slipping.
UCAS applications to UK universities up by 3.5%
31 January 2013
As predicted by The Complete University Guide in early January, 3.5% more students applied to UK Universities by the 15 January deadline – a rise of 9,000 applicants to over 550,000. Most courses and universities are still accepting applications after the deadline so it is not too late to make an application for 2013.
UK Government acts as university leaders criticise mixed messages over international students
25 January 2013
The UK government has set up a new agency to support the expanison of education exports – including international student recruitment.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced on 23 January that Education UK will specifically target fast-growing markets such as India and the Middle East, claiming that the UK has an excellent reputation for education internationally, but isn’t currently exploiting it to the full.
Percentage of first-class degrees doubles
21 January 2013
One in six students gained first class degrees in 2012 – Data released this week by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) shows that the percentage of students gaining top first-class degrees has doubled in ten years. The number gaining firsts or two-one degrees has also risen again to 66% in 2012, up from 61% five years ago and 64% last year. The Complete University Guide classes first class or 2.1 (upper second class) degrees as 'good honours' degrees in its annual rankings.
Reputation of universities becoming more important to students
21 January 2013
The rise in tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 has led prospective students to become more selective about the reputation of their chosen university, new Ucas figures suggest.
Work experience gives new graduates the edge
14 January 2013
According to a survey of 100 leading employers conducted by market research company High Fliers Research, recruiters expect that graduates who have held internships, placements or summer roles with their organisation will fill more than a third of this year’s entry-level positions.
Drop in UCAS applications for 2013 entry is narrowing
07 January 2013
On 3 January UCAS published early data on university applications for 2013. This showed applications were down by 6% compared to 2012 (based on data from 17 December 2012) and was widely reported in the media.