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

Part-time students will get 25% grant rise

M. Taylor

The Guardian, October 18th 2005, p5

Tens of thousands of the poorest part-time students are to get extra money to help pay university fees and meet rising costs. The student's grant will rise by more than 25%, while the money available through "hardship funds" will quadruple. The announcement follows growing concern among university leaders that those institutions with a high proportion of part-time students will lose when tuition fees for full-time courses start next year.

Support for working undergraduates: the view of academic staff

S. Curtis

Education + Training, vol.47, 2005, p.496-505

A case study approach was used to investigate the attitudes of academic staff to providing practical support for students working part time during term to help make ends meet. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were held with 22 members of the staff of a rural faculty of a large metropolitan university. Results showed support to be arbitrary and accidental. The majority of staff were unaware of the extent of student employment and of the possibilities of providing support.

University reform is social engineering, says minister

T. Halpin

The Guardian, October 5th 2005, p.26

The Higher Education Minister sparked a row with independent schools yesterday after admitting that government proposals to reform university admissions were an attempt at "social engineering". Bill Rammell said the Government was "absolutely right" to seek a fairer admissions system to enable students from state schools and poorer backgrounds to win places at university.

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