Independent, July 27th 2000, p. 11
The government has stated that it has no plans to introduce "top-up" fees for university students. It has reserve powers to prevent universities from charging additional fees.
(See also Financial Times, July 27th 2000, p. 2)
S. Fallows and C. Steven
Education and training, vol. 42, no. 2, 2000, p. 75-82
It is increasingly necessary for students to have skills beyond academic knowledge to enhance their prospects of finding a job. These employability skills include information retrieval, communication and presentation, planning and problem solving and social development and interaction. Article describes the University of Luton's initiative to ensure that all its students acquire these skills and to embed them within the academic curriculum for all disciplines.
Times, 11th July 2000, p. 16
Argues in favour of charging British students the true cost of their degrees in order to increase the funding available to universities.
R. W. Harris
International Journal of Education Management, vol. 14, 2000, p. 142-
The University of Luton became in 1994 the first university to secure recognition as an Investor in People, and in 1997 it was successful in gaining re-approval for a further period of three years. Article explains why the University decided to apply for recognition, how it prepared for the assessment visits and what the long term organisational benefits have been.
Financial Times, Aug, 18th 2000, p.2
Reports that government aims to introduce Advanced Extension Awards to stretch the ablest students by 2002. The new awards will be used alongside aptitude tests to ensure that the brightest students get places at elite universities regardless of social background.
Times, July 31st 2000, p. 3
Oxford University is piloting a test aimed at measuring "fluid intelligence" which is determined neither by social class nor by a candidate's type of secondary education. Results will be used to inform the final decision about whether or not to offer a candidate a place.
Financial Times, July 24th 2000, p. 23
Britain's universities are under-funded and academics are poorly paid. The problem could be solved by allowing them to charge differential fees and to fund these through an income-contingent loan scheme, combined, ideally, with a scholarship system for outstanding students from poor backgrounds.
Times, July 21st 2000, p. 8
The introduction of tuition fees combined with the scrapping of the student grant has led to a rise in the number of students living at home. The number of young people taking a "gap year" has also increased as teenagers seek to earn money to support themselves at university.
(See also Daily Telegraph, July 21st 2000, p. 6; Financial Times, July 21st 2000, p. 6)