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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2009): Education - UK - higher

Funding full-time study through part-time work

M. Richardson, C. Evans and G. Gbadamosi

Journal of Education and Work, vol. 22, 2009, p. 319-334

Full-time students engaged in part-time work have been a subject of increasing academic attention. This study extends work in this area by examining the extent to which full-time undergraduate students undertake part-time employment, the reasons for working whilst studying full-time, and the extent to which students relate their part-time employment to full-time study as well as to their future career aspirations. The results indicate that the majority of students now undertake part-time work with the principal motivating factor being financial necessity. A smaller number seek to gain experience to support their studies. The implications of these findings for students, universities and employers are discussed along with suggestions for future research.

Give students more for their money, universities told

G. Hurst

The Times, Nov. 4th 2009, p.20

Lord Mandelson will impose new standards on universities following possible rises in fees in 2011. This month, Mandelson will launch a review which is expected to lead to the lifting of the cap on variable tuition fees which, since 2004, have only risen in line with inflation. Universities will be expected to provide new undergraduates with details about their expected contact hours, and the destinations and earnings of previous graduates. They will be expected to ensure entry for greater numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

(See also The Guardian, Nov. 4th 2009, p.11; The Independent, Nov, 4th 2009, p. 5)

High dropout rates threaten plans for degree-only nursing

S. Lister

The Times, Nov.18th 2009, p.14

Figures obtained by the Nursing Standard magazine, using the Freedom of Information Act, show wide variations in attrition rates on nursing degree courses across England's strategic health authorities. One university lost 78 per cent of students on a children's nursing degree course. The findings come one week after the government announced plans which would necessitate that all trainee nurses undertake a nursing degree.

Higher ambitions: the future of universities in a knowledge economy

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

London: 2009

This blueprint for the future of universities suggests that: 1) they should take into account applicants' social and financial circumstances when allocating places as well as their A-level grades; 2) they should tell prospective students what their employment prospects would be after completing each course they offer; 3) they should offer more places to mature and part-time students; and 4) they should list for each course how much teaching time students can expect, how often they will have tutorials with star academics and how much work they will be expected to do independently. There will also be a review of tuition fees which could push up costs sharply for middle-class students.

Students face doubling of fees and rise in loan costs

G. Hurst & S. Jagger

The Times, Nov. 9th 2009, p.11

A review of the funding of higher education is to be started today and chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley, the former Chief Executive of BP. The review will last up to a year and will include an examination of student debt and the possibility of increasing student tuition fees. (See also The Guardian, Nov. 10th 2009, p. 9 and The Times, Nov.10th, 2009, p.20)

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