The Times, July 25th 2003, p.1
An elite group of universities is planning to break ranks by offering higher salaries for academics and charging steeper fees for students. The Russell Group, representing 19 of the top research-led institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, is appointing its own chief executive and policy-making committee. The aim is to make members more competitive internationally. However this has led to claims that a two-tier system developing with a "British Ivy League" of rich, outstanding universities and poorer institutions dominated by former polytechnics.
Daily Telegraph, July 29th 2003, p.1
Tens of thousands of people qualified to go to university will have to settle for two-year vocationally-orientated "foundation degrees". Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, said yesterday. The "foundation degrees", which are officially classed as a sub-degree qualification, will be taught for the most part at further education colleges.
The Daily Telegraph, July 4th 2003, p.1
A leading university, Durham, is closing two departments and a degree subject in what is seen as the start of a nationwide process that will undermine choice and diversity to attract more money.
Guardian Education, July 22nd 2003, p.9
A new report from credit rating agency Standard & Poor suggests most universities are likely to be suffering severe pension shortfalls, and that unless urgent steps are taken to top up the funds, some may find themselves unable to meet their liabilities.
The Daily Telegraph, July 16th 2003, p. 2
Higher education is producing too many graduates with useless degrees from poor-quality universities, employers have told a study commissioned by the Government into the relationships between business and universities. Core scientific skills, in particular, were being sacrificed for "soft" skills such as communication, team working and business awareness
Financial Times, July 29th 2003, p.2
Ministers yesterday dismissed please from top universities that they be allowed to charge £5,000 a year in tuition fees - and threatened with fines under anti-competition laws those that colluded to charge the permitted £3,000.
The Times, July 10th 2003, p.1
Student tuition fees will have to rise to £5,000a year to prevent the Government's university reforms from collapsing, an all-party group of MPs has concluded.
(See also Financial Times, July 10th 2003, p.4; The Independent, July 10th 2003, p.6)