The Independent, Dec. 28th 2001, p. 11
Almost half of Britain's universities and colleges have gone into the red, according to government estimates. The Higher Education Funding Council for England estimates that 57 universities and colleges are expected to show a deficit during the 2000-2001 financial year. Union leaders have warned of job losses and possible mergers to prevent universities going under.
Guardian, Jan. 14th 2002, p.10
Universities should run big budget American-style campaigns to identify and recruit talented students from poor families, the government will say today, as it launches a nationwide roadshow, "Aim Higher", to encourage working class students to apply to university. "Fewer than 15% of top universities' students come from half the population".
The Independent, Jan. 11th 2002, p.9
Students are turning away from science and engineering degrees in favour of courses in media and film studies, according to figures published yesterday by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Although a record number of students embarked on university courses in September and October, the number starting degrees in environmental or physical science dropped by almost 10% while those on chemistry courses were down 7.6%. The largest rises were seen in media studies, cinematics, nursing and music.
(see also The Times, Jan. 11th 2002, p.11; The Daily Telegraph, Jan 11th 2002, p.5)
Guardian, Dec. 27th 2001, p.4
The Association of University Teachers (AUT) has called for a national register of academic interests. Shortfalls in government funding are causing universities to cut ethical corners when signing up business sponsorship. The AUT suggests that sources of investment should be published along with any strings that are attached. The move follows delays in publication of research results when commercial sponsors do not like the findings or conflicts of interest arise between sponsoring parties.