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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2002): Education - UK - Higher

THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT AND HIGHER EDUCATION

M. Arthur

Education and the Law, vol. 13, 2001, p. 285-301

Discusses the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on universities in the areas of discrimination, right to a fair and public hearing by an impartial tribunal, right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and right to education in conformity with people's own religious and philosophical convictions.

MARKET RULES IN IVORY TOWERS

L. Hodges

Independent Education Supplement Mar. 21st 2002, p. 20-21

Reports that the new universities are being hit by cuts by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in their research funding allocation for 2002/03. They are also losing teaching funding due to their failure to recruit enough students. This is leading to job cuts and possible mergers between struggling institutions. HEFCE intends its funding regime to encourage institutions to respond to market demand by closing down unpopular courses promptly.

THE RELUCTANT WORKFORCE: UNDERGRADUATES' PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT

S. Curtis and J. Williams

Education and Training, vol. 44, 2002, p. 5-10

Article reports the results of a survey of 368 students of Crewe & Alsager Faculty of Manchester Metropolitan University carried out in March 2000. The survey found that 59% of students were working part-time during term. Ninety-five percent of these were working for financial reasons. Of the respondents who had a part-time job, 83% said it detracted from their studies to some, or to a serious, extent, and 91% said they would give up their job if they could afford it.

UNIVERSITY STANDARDS REPORTS TO BE SCRAPPED

J. Clare

Daily Telegraph, Mar. 21st 2002, p. 13

Reports that a new inspection regime is to be introduced for universities, under which subject-by-subject inspections are to be scrapped and replaced by a system of "institutional audit". Under this a handful of academics would briefly visit each university every six years to satisfy themselves that its internal procedures for monitoring standards are sound. The new package will also include a regular published survey of students' views and publication of summaries of external examiners' reports.

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