UK revised university fees – the full list…

The BBC have posted a pretty comprehensive list of the current fees proposals for UK universities. It’s available here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12880840

The vast majority of universities have either opted for the top level (or not far off) or have proposed a range that gets towards the top end of the scale. There certainly doesn’t seem to be the normal distribution that David Willetts and his team had projected.

Oxbridge academics react to proposed UK funding cuts

by Danny Byrne

The plot thickens.

All over the news in the UK today is the story of 681 Oxbridge academics coming togethether to sign a “strongly worded” letter demanding a public enquiry into the proposed changes to fees and funding set forth in the UK.

The full text of the letter, along with the names of all the signatories, is available on The Independent website here: www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letter-universities-left-to-fly-blind-2229347.html

Perhaps amongst the most meaningful passages is the following: “We note with dismay and alarm that universities are being forced to take major decisions, with unknown consequences, at a breakneck speed. We are being asked to “fly blind” over matters of the utmost importance in respect of our ability to continue to deliver world-class education and research.”

Certainly this seems to be a sharp contrast to the more direct action taken by students some months ago but still the coverage (rather than the letter itself) finds it difficult to focus on anything other than the fee hikes. Cuts in funding for the sector in the UK seem to have slipped by with scarcely a mention – although the Newsnight feature on the topic did include one Oxford academic mention concerns regarding cuts to teaching funding in the humanities. What happens when students paying these increased fees find that they cannot expect any further services for their money and that, in many cases, they may see cuts in services where the fee increases do not fully account for funding cuts? One of the most interesting trends to monitor will be the influence any of this has on migration of students to and from the UK. Read more

HE News Brief 8.2.11

by Abby Chau

  • With 45% of young people now vying for a place at university, competition is at its toughest. The Russell Group has just announced a list of A-level subjects which would make students more competitive at finding a place at top universities.  At least two core subjects such as English, maths, biology, chemistry, and geography are advised to be taken. This announcement comes at a time when a report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute shows that in 2003, 6% of applicants were not offered a place and in 2010, this has more than doubled to 14%.  The applicants who did not find a place were more likely to be less qualified.
    Full Story: The Economist
  • The Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services recently announced a drastic 75% decrease in the number of foreign applications to the fall semester. This is the first test of a series of new fees which includes application and tuition fees for foreign applicants. Non-EU, E.E.A or Swiss applicants must now pay $140 in application costs and some universities are able to ask them to cough up approximately $30,000 in tuition fees. Tuula Kuosmanen, director of the agency, said that Denmark saw a similar decline in foreign applications when they introduced fees in 2006, but applications eventually recovered.
    Full Story:  New York Times
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