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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2004): Education - UK - Higher

BUSINESS 'MUST SPONSOR' COLLEGE COURSES

M. Green

Financial Times, July 15th 2004, p.5

Employers will have to contribute more towards the cost of higher education by sponsoring courses as public funding becomes increasingly tight over the next few years, Charles Clarke has warned. The Education Secretary said he believed planned university education could be funded only by "co-payment" between the state and employers.

DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: INTRODUCTORY HEARING

Science and Technology Committee

London: TSO, 2004: (House of Commons papers, session 2003/04; HC 461)

Professor Sir Alan Wilson was appointed as the first Director General for Higher Education at the Department for Education and Skills in October 2003. The committee questions him about a number of aspects of his role, including the Bologna Process, the vetting of students and researchers, and the closure of university science departments.

MORE APPLY FOR UNIVERSITY PLACES

L. Ward

The Guardian, July 15th 2004, p.11

The number of students applying for UK university places has risen again, according to latest figures, with the biggest leap in applications from the new EU member countries.

(See also The Times, July 15th 2004, p.6)

NEARLY HALF OXFORD COLLEGES IN THE RED

M. Green

Financial Times, July 7th 2004, p.3

Oxford Colleges have built up combined endowment wealth of more than £1.6bn but nearly half are in deficit, released figures show this week.

OUT OF STEP

M. Becker

Education Guardian, July 6th 2004, p. 16

Britain's promotion of foundation degrees is anti-European, according to German academics who say they run contrary to the Bologna process, which aims for the establishment of a common European higher education area by 2010.

STATEMENT OF REQUIREMENT: THE SECTOR ENDORSED FOUNDATION DEGREE IN WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICES

Department for Education and Skills

[London]: 2004

The statement will assist universities and colleges to develop a Foundation Degree which meets the needs of the sector and the requirements of the Department for Education and Skills' Children's Workforce Unit.

TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

P. Trevithick and others

London: SCIE, 2004 (Knowledge review: 6)

The review looks at how communication skills (that is oral and written communication with service users) are being taught to social work students. Results show that social work educators face a lack of evidence in deciding which teaching and learning methods are most effective.

UNIVERSITY SPIN-OUTS HIT BY TAX RULES

J. Guthrie

Financial Times, July 5th 2004, p.3

The number of high-technology ventures spun out by universities has slumped in the wake of the introduction of tough tax rules on shares held by academics. This is bad news for the government, which sees a vibrant spin-out scene as an indicator of its success in encouraging universities to engage in commercial activity.

WHAT SUMMER TERM?

D. MacLeod

Education Guardian, July 6th 2004, p. 18-19

Universities stand accused of leaving students with little more than exams and reading weeks after the Easter break.

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