Guardian, May 23rd 2002, p. 18
Reminds universities that they are operating in a market in which they must compete for students and research contracts. Their funding levels depend on the numbers of students they can recruit and the excellence of their research. They must recognise that there will always be winners and losers in the competition for funding.
Financial Times, May 16th 2002, p. 7
Reports launch of UK e-Universities Worldwide which aims to be offering about 13 courses delivered online by the end of 2003. The project was originally publicly funded but is designed to make a profit and will be run on commercial lines. Courses offered will be specifically developed for distance online learning with remote registration, payment, tutorials, and assessment. Principal markets are likely to be in areas such as South East Asia where UK universities have a strong brand image.
Higher Education Funding Council for England, 2002
Higher pay offered by the private sector is affecting higher education institutions' ability to recruit and retain support staff and some groups of academic staff in certain key areas, including IT, engineering and business-related subjects. The low starting levels of academic salaries is widely viewed as discouraging the recruitment of new entrants to the profession. In some areas, such as education and the professions allied to medicine, recruitment and retention are adversely affected by the higher pay levels now offered by the NHS and state schools.
Guardian, May 22nd 2002, p. 8-9
Due to under-investment Britain's universities are faced with crumbling buildings, out of date equipment and problems recruiting academic staff due to low pay. Article discusses options for raising funds, including charging for tuition at market rates and use of endowments.