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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2001): Education - Uk - Higher

DEBT FEARS PUSH MORE STUDENTS TO WAIT A YEAR

S. Cassidy

Independent, June 1st 2001, p.12

Statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) suggest that fear of debt is persuading sixth formers to take a gap year and earn money before starting university. More than 30,000 of Summer 2001 A-level candidates have applied to defer their university places for a year up from 27, 327 last year, a rise of 11.5%.

DEPARTMENTAL LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION

P. T. Knight and P.R. Trawler

Buckingham: The Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, 2001.

This book looks at the practice of leading and provides tools for reflection in the practice of leadership. It is aimed at those who play a role in leading departments or teams in higher education institutions.

DEVOLUTION'S CLASS DIVIDE

S. Court

Public Finance, May 11th-17th 2001, p.20-22

In real terms, almost all higher education institutions in Wales face funding cuts in 2001/02 while their counterparts in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will receive an increase. The main reasons for the squeeze are under-recruitment of students; adjustments to differences in funding levels for teaching between Welsh institutions; and the need for a cautions settlement to cushion the impact of a sharp projected spending drop by the Welsh Assembly beyond 2002.

HOW TO GO BANKRUPT VERY SLOWLY

J.Kelly

Financial Times, May 18th 2001, p.12

In the light of declining state of funding of higher education in the UK, articles considers the feasibility of running universities as businesses. In order to survive as businesses, they would have to drop unprofitable courses and introduce differential fees.

NICE MANIFESTOS EVERYONE, BUT WHERE'S THE CASH?

L. Hodges

Independent, May 24th 2001, p.2-3

Summarises the proposals of the three main parties for increasing higher education funding. Argues that none of the proposals address the root of the problem, and recommends raising cash for investment in universities through a scheme under which graduates would pay back contributions once they were earning. Those who benefit from higher education should pay for it.

RESPONSES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND FROM THE HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND TO THE SIXTH REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE SESSION 2000-01 ON HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT RETENTION

Education and Employment Committee.

London: TSO. 2001 (House of Commons papers session 2000-01 : HC 385)

Provides a detailed response to each of the Committee's conclusions and recommendations.

SPENCE INSPIRES STUDENT EXODUS TO AMERICA

J. O'Leary

Times, May 18th 2001, p.6

Reports a trend for bright students from independent schools to apply to study at universities in the US, following the introduction of tuition fees at UK universities and moves by the government to encourage them to restrict admissions from private schools.

(See also Financial Times, May 18th 2001, p.6: Daily Telegraph, May 18th 2001, p.13)

THE STATE OF UK HIGHER EDUCATION: MANAGING CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

D. Warner & D Palfreyman (ed.)

Buckingham: The Society for Research into the Higher Education & Open University Press, 2001

This is a collection of essays written by people who have had experience in higher education managerial and administrative roles. The book examines the strengths and weaknesses of the higher education system. It looks at the changing concept in higher education and provides a comprehensive analysis of UK higher education today.