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Part-time student enrolments have massively fallen across the UK. unonottingham

Enrolments slide further for ‘forgotten’ part-time undergraduates

We were told that the 2012 changes to England’s student funding system would boost the number of part-time students at university. But new data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency confirm…
Waiting to go off. Student debt via PathDoc/Shutterstock

What can defuse the student loan time bomb?

According to a new pamphlet issued by the Social Market Foundation, “the Tories’ student loan system that finances our universities, voted through by the Lib Dems, is a timebomb waiting to go off”. The…
Hanging on every word. Nottingham Trent University

Universities at risk of dumbing down into secondary schools

In the current rush to achieve the highest student satisfaction and best positions on university league tables we are at significant risk of dumbing down what’s being taught at universities. At both traditional…
There are blue skies at the end of Clearing. Man and laptop via Dean Drobot/Shutterstock

Ten pieces of advice on clearing from an admissions tutor

You’ve got your A Level results and things are not how you imagined they would be. Maybe you didn’t do as well as you thought you would. Or maybe you didn’t think you wanted to go to university but now…
Don’t blame the timetable. non-partizan

Explainer: what is the maths behind an exam timetable?

Sweaty-palmed and reciting facts over and over in their heads, the hordes of university and school students sitting down to exams this month will have precious little time to think about how their exam…
Oxford’s dons need to get ready for some new thinking. lukecanvin

After the financial crisis, we need a new way to teach PPE

When it comes to debating the rights and wrongs of public policies, economists have always held a privileged position. While citizens and less respected social scientists must strive to get their voices…
First-year university students too often feel alone and unsupported at their campus. AAP/Julian Smith

Student success: why first year at uni is a make-or-break experience

Starting first year at university can be a daunting experience and a big adjustment for new students. Some adjust easily and thrive. As many as one third do not and think about leaving. If first year goes…
There are now many sites that allow students to “review” their lecturers – but is this a good thing? shutterstock

Who’s afraid of ‘Rate your Professor’?

A number of years ago as a PhD student, I was told that you must “publish or perish”. The advice was clear: teaching should be secondary in any considerations. Instead, I should prioritise producing as…
Australian student activism has changed and diminished over the years, but why? Brian Oakley

Is student activism dying in Australia’s universities?

With a Coalition government in power, the issue of student political activism is firmly back on the agenda. Education minister Christopher Pyne has stated that he would like to make the current compulsory…

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