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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2006): Education - UK - higher

Managing two roles: a theoretical study of students’ employment whilst at university

A. Broadbridge and V. Swanson

Community, Work and Family, vol.9, 2006, p.159-179

Most studies focus on the negative impacts of university students’ term-time employment, suggesting that it leads to poorer academic performance, social exclusion and reduced psychological well-being. This paper reports on qualitative research exploring the links between psychological well-being, satisfaction with academic performance, and social integration and students’ term-time and vacation employment. Nine focus groups were conducted with undergraduates at Stirling University. These data were examined using a content analysis approach. Both positive and negative aspects of combining work and study were discussed within the focus groups, providing a balanced picture of the advantages and disadvantages.

Strategic science provision in English universities: a follow-up

Science and Technology Committee

London: TSO, 2006 (House of Commons papers, session 2005/06; HC1011)

Following an announcement that the University of Sussex plans to “refocus” its chemistry department, in essence a proposal to close the department and replace it with a smaller department of chemical biology, the Science and Technology Committee held an evidence session and produced this report. The Committee’s objective was to examine the processes which led to the proposal to refocus chemistry at Sussex, with particular reference to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s involvement. In undertaking this investigation, the Committee has also sought to draw out lessons of general relevance to strategic provision of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

Students to choose their university after A level

T. Halpin

The Times May 22, 2006, p.1

Proposed reforms by the government aim to encourage students to apply for university after they have received A-Level results. The government believes that this will enable more school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into top universities. Top universities may be required to ring-fence a number of places on their courses for post A-Level applicants who have achieved the required grades. The Russell group of top UK universities have warned this may deny places to other students who apply before their results. New universities are worried that the new reforms might deprive them of talented students.

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