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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2006): Education - UK - Higher

Any time, any place, anywhere

D. MacLeod,

Education Guardian, April 25th 2006, p.10

Government is interested in promoting compressed degrees completed in two years instead of three to boost participation in higher education in England. Article presents case studies of a range of pilot compressed degrees, including those offered by private universities such as the University of Buckingham.

Degrees in two years to ease student debt burden

T. Halpin

Times, April 18th 2006, p. 1 & 4

Reports on proposals to reform higher education by replacing the current supplier driven system with accelerated degrees, more online study, workplace-based degrees and credit accumulation. It is hoped that these changes would help reverse the ongoing decline in the UK’s economic competitiveness.

International rescue

D. MacLeod

Education Guardian April 18th 2006, p.1&2

The government’s five year target for attracting more overseas students to Britain was met a year early. Tony Blair is now calling for the recruitment of an additional 100,000. The article asks whether universities are financially vulnerable, relying too heavily on the international market in times of increasing global competition. Institutions are dismissive of the suggestion however, with examples showing substantial experience of the market’s volatility.

Just the job for students

L. Lightfoot & J. Salter

Daily Telegraph, March 31st 2006, p.12

In some university undergraduate courses, particularly arts and social sciences degrees, teaching has been cut to as little as five or six hours per week. Some university departments justify the reduction on the grounds that higher education is about self-directed study. Others say that the cut in hours reflects the fact that they have to teach double the number of students than 20 years ago.

[See also Times, March 31st 2006, p.23]

Students get less teaching as fees rise

L. Lightfoot & J. Salter

Daily Telegraph, April 17th 2006, p.1

Arts and Social-Science degrees are particularly affected by cuts reducing teaching to five or six hours per week. While some responses favour self directed study with expert guidance, citing opportunities for drop in sessions, online communications and web learning, others suggest the impossibility of eighteen year olds directing themselves.

[See also Daily Telegraph, April 17th 2006, p.6]

The university that cut its pass mark to 21%

T. Halpin

Times, April 20th 2006, p.9

Warning about a risk to jobs if pass targets were not reached, De Montfort University raised the marks of failing pharmacy students despite extensive academic concern.

[See also Daily Telegraph, April 20th, p.1]

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