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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2005): Education - UK - Higher

ACID TEST

D. MacLeod and P. Curtis

Education Guardian, Dec. 7th 2004, p.2-3

With university departments closing and fewer students taking the subject at A-level, chemistry is in turmoil. Now there are fears for the future of other sciences - and the long term of the economy.

CLARKE THREATENS TO ACT

M. Taylor and D. Macleod

The Guardian, Dec. 2nd 2004, p.2

The government has unveiled its plans to stop leading universities closing departments of 'strategic importance' following growing concern over a spate of cutbacks at some of England's most prestigious institutions. Speaking at the Education and Skills Select Committee, Mr Clarke said cabinet ministers had drawn up a list of subject areas including science and technology, vocational courses and east European studies which were to be protected.

THE HIGHER EDUCATION MANAGER'S HANDBOOK: EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

P. McCaffery

Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004

Managers in higher education face increased student numbers and diminishing resources while at the same time having to ensure greater accountability, efficiency and continued excellence in teaching and research. This book offers practical advice and guidance on all aspects of the manager's role. Drawing on professional best practice and the examples of university innovators, it tackles all the key areas central to the job of managing in higher education, from understanding the culture of your university and role it plays, to providing effective leadership and managing change.

THE SUSTAINABILITY CURRICULUM: THE CHALLENGE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

J. Blewitt and C. Cullingford (editors)

London: Earthscan, 2004

The links between education and sustainable development are deepening, although subject to controversy and debate. This volume analyses the impact of the concepts and practices of sustainability and sustainable development on various academic disciplines, institutional practices, fields of study and methods of enquiry. The contributors examine the purpose of the modern university and the nature of sustainable education, which links to social movements for sustainability, curriculum change, culture and biodiversity, global responsibility and case studies on the transformation, or otherwise, of some specific disciplines.

TOP-UP FEES DRIVE BRITISH PUPILS INTO ARMS OF US UNIVERSITIES

A. Blair

The Times, Dec. 28th 2004, p.26

Thousands more British students are applying to American universities as generous scholarships and top quality facilities compete with British institutions. With the introduction of top-up fees in 2006, the US Education Advisory Service says that inquiries from British students have risen sevenfold

UNIVERSITIES TO SEEK HIGHEST TOP-UP FEES

R. Garner

The Independent, Dec. 30th 2004, p.15

The vast majority of universities are planning to charge the maximum £3,000 a year top-up fee for three-year degree, according to a survey conducted by the newspaper. The numbers expected to charge the maximum are way above the estimate made by ministers. Only one out of 50 English universities surveyed is to charge a lower sum - Leeds Metropolitan University which is opting for £2,000 across the board.

UNIVERSITY DONATIONS MATCHED WITH PUBLIC MONEY

M. Green

Financial Times, Dec. 21st 2004, p.2

Donations to universities by private individuals and companies are to be matched with public investment of up to £7.5m over the next three years as the government struggles to encourage more diverse funding for education. The government announced the matched funding scheme "to help English institutions build their capacity to raise income".

UNIVERSITY FACES FIGHT OVER COURSE CLOSURES

M. Taylor

The Guardian, Dec. 20th 2004, p.4

Several universities including Newcastle, Exeter and Cambridge have announced plans to scrap courses and departments in an attempt to balance the books. Exeter University could face a legal challenge if its ruling council decides to press ahead and scrap its chemistry and music departments.

US 'MODEL' FOR FUNDRAISING

M. Taylor

The Guardian, Dec. 20th 2004, p.4

Universities could raise millions of pounds in extra revenue from the private sector if they introduced US-style fundraising techniques, according to a report by the Sutton Trust. The report calls on ministers to match private donations to encourage alumni and big donors to hand over money to universities. The call comes at a time of increasing financial strain in higher education.

WELSH FEAR ON ENGLISH INVASION OF UNIVERSITIES

A. Blair

The Times, Dec. 30th 2004, p.27

Students from England may flood Welsh universities in a move that could cost Wales hundreds of millions of pounds unless it introduces top-up fees. The National Assembly for Wales has pledged not to introduce variable tuition fees until 2007 at the earliest.

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