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  • 10.07. 2018

    Where are the mature students in 2017?

    Full marks to UCAS for taking a data-driven and timely look at what mature students are like, and what they do. Turns out the archetypical mature student is female, lives at home, applies late in the cycle to a single institution. And studies nursing

  • 30.06. 2018

    AOC launches new framework which aims to enhance scholarship in the college higher education sector

    The Scholarship Framework is the main output from the Scholarship Project, led by the Association of Colleges and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It was set up in 2015 to help develop and embed a scholarly ethos across the college higher education sector.

  • 26.06. 2018

    Ofs review of our approach to fair access and participation in higher education

    The Office for Students (OfS) is undertaking a review of its approach to access and participation plans, student premium funding, and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

  • 13.06. 2018

    Its not HE but did you see this adult learners cash windfall?

    ESFA has announced that for the period from August 2018 until July 2019, colleges and other providers will be given the discretion to fully fund adult education programmes for those students who earn less per year than the Social Mobility Commission’s low-pay threshold of £15,736.50. The extra funding that will be required for this is believed to come from the current large underspends in the existing AEB. A copy of the ESFA update can be accessed at:

  • 13.06. 2018

    Partnership achievement in the first year of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

    The report showcases how local networks funded by the OfS have creatively developed opportunities for young people in specific areas where HE participation has been identified as lower than expected given the GCSE results of the young people living there.

  • 29.05. 2018

    Institute for Apprenticeships Academic Professionals new opportunity Level 7

    Academic Professionals work within the higher education sector delivering higher education teaching and undertaking research to support the development of knowledge within their discipline. They may work in Universities, Colleges or the Private Sector, in the primary role of developing and sharing knowledge with students, peers and external stakeholders to support advancement of the discipline and the resolution of major challenges.

  • 22.05. 2018

    More BTEC students progress to university

    The numbers of students starting university courses after studying BTECs is rising. However, these students are less likely to graduate with a top degree than their peers who took A levels, according to a new study.

  • 09.05. 2018

    The government’s review of post-18 education funding in England UUK response

    In its submission to the review, Universities UK said that, while the system in England had not deterred young people from full-time study – and has provided sustained and stable funding for higher education – there is a lack of public confidence and understanding of how it delivers value for money for students.

  • 27.04. 2018

    Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge -  MEG Publication

    John Widdowson and Madeleine King have written a monograph to discuss and illustrate some of the challenges facing leaders in CBHE and offer examples and suggestions for how tackle them. With the future shape of tertiary education in the UK up for debate and a substantial expansion of higher education in colleges expected to play an important role in the government’s post-18 funding review, this monograph could not be more relevant to the challenges the sector now faces

  • 23.04. 2018

    April 2018 Action on Access eBulletin

    Some 20 plus articles from across the HE sector everything from -The future of UK universities Vice-Chancellor's blog, Cambridge University to - Acting Up’, Labour’s inquiry into access and diversity in the performing arts

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