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

College science closures expected to rise

M. Green

Financial Times, June 29th 2005, p.3

More university science departments will close as part of a necessary process of modernisation, the higher education funding body said today. Sir Howard Newby, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding for England, said it was both inevitable and desirable that universities would close more pure science departments as they updated "19th century" subject categories.

Debt-ridden graduates have to rely on parents

S. Pook

The Daily Telegraph, June 20th 2005, p.1

Nearly 60 per cent of graduates are still being supported by their parents three years after leaving university, research shows. They admitted their lack of independence in a survey of 1,200 graduates about spiralling student debt.

First among equals?

D. MacLeod

Education Guardian, June 28th 2005, p.2-3

Should the elite universities receive more government money because their degrees are better? No way, say the former polytechnics. Article reports on the next big funding dilemma - and the latest feud between old and new institutions.

Graduates 'more downbeat' on jobs

M. Green

Financial Times, June 16th 2005, p.7

Graduates from British universities are ore confident of finding a job than their peers in other countries, but less optimistic about whether it will be the right one, and less confident than a year ago about getting hired quickly, a survey has found.

Poor children 'now less likely to fulfil their potential'

V. Holder

Financial Times, June 20th 2005, p.2

Social mobility in Britain has fallen over recent decades to levels well below those of Canada, Germany, and the Nordic Countries, according to research published by the London School of Economics. The economists concluded that the strong relationship between family income and educational attainment was a key to understanding Britain's low levels of social mobility. The expansion in higher education over recent years had benefited those from richer backgrounds far more than poorer young people. The researchers said this trend coincided with a sharp decline in means-tested student support. It was "crucial" that further expansion of higher education should be accompanied by a commitment to more generous grants, they said.

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