Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 24, 2002, p.53-73
Based on a detailed statistical analysis, paper identifies the following trends in UK higher education:
Paper goes on to assess possible changes over the next five years including:
Social Policy and Society, vol. 1, 2002, p.83-94
In order to finance the expansion of higher education, the Labour government introduced tuition fees and replaced student maintenance grants with loans. Article argues that these reforms were inconsistent with the Labour government's commitment to widening access and fairness in educational opportunities, and its desire for higher education to contribute to greater social cohesion.
Education and Training, vol. 44, 2002, p.67-75
Article reports on a study which aimed to examine to what extent students' academic performance is affected by their part-time term-time employment and to explore individual perceptions of the phenomenon using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Findings are discussed in terms of issues for students, issues for academic staff, issues for employers and issues for institutions.
Independent. Education Supplement, June 13th 2002, p.3
Argues that tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants are deterring working class students from applying to go to university.
Financial Times, June 17th 2002, p.2
Social mobility has fallen in the UK over the past 40 years and a key cause, paradoxically, has been the rise of higher education, according to a study by the London School of Economics. The finding that children of the less well-off have a reduced chance of climbing the social ladder than those of the previous generation comes despite the widely held belief that education benefits young people of all backgrounds. The study suggests it does so - but the children of better-off parents still gain more than the children of the less well-off, producing a fall in social mobility.
Independent, May 28th 2002, p.6
One Sir Richard Sykes, former chair of Glaxo Smithkline, has argued that Britain should adopt a US-style system of elite universities, at which students pay higher fees and staff receive competitive salaries.
London: Kogan Page, 2002
This book considers the support of students both and or off campus and reflects on current concerns raised by the development of Online, Open and Distance Learning (ODL), such as tuition in different media, student retention, quality assurance, staff development and online support.
Times, June 13th 2002, p.10
A survey by Universities UK has revealed that campuses are delapidated and overcrowded. The group is now calling for an extra £10bn over three years from public funds to upgrade the infrastructure.
(See also Independent, June 13th 2002, p9)
Education and Training, vol. 44, 2002, p.90-98
Article discusses the penetration of NVQs into higher education, referring to a number of case studies. New universities continue to dominate the NVQ scene in higher education. The development of courses based on frameworks offered by NVQs provide a clear opportunity to support the aim of improving the "employability" of graduates by equipping them with "real work" skills.