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BBC: Government plans new shake-up to university admissions

April 30, 2012

Judith Burns (BBC) reports on the changes being made to student places for 2013-14. Speaking to the BBC, Libby Hackett Director of University Alliance, said “the changes announced today are […]

Universities at the heart of growth

April 24, 2012

Apeldoorn Conference: From Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 March 2012, one hundred delegates from the UK and the Netherlands came together in Manchester to share ideas on how higher education […]

Bournemouth VC on proposals to give universities a greater role in A-levels

April 4, 2012

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University, joined the PM programme on BBC Radio 4 to discuss proposals to give universities a greater role in A-level design and development. ...

Three-quarters of universities ‘to cut student places’

March 29, 2012

Almost 100 out of 130 universities in England could be forced to take fewer undergraduates this year numbers following the introduction of Coalition reforms designed to drive down tuition fees, [&h...

‘Squeezed middle’ feels pinch as grant and numbers decline

March 29, 2012

The first year of the government’s new fees and funding regime is expected to cost some post-1992 universities almost 13 per cent of their undergraduate intake and up to 46 […]

Guardian: The Future of Higher Education summit

March 21, 2012

Leading figures attended ‘The Future of HE summit’ in London to discuss issues including the importance of maintaining competitive advantages internationally, research and its relationship with ind...

BBC – ‘More graduates in low skilled jobs, figures suggest’

March 8, 2012

Commenting on a story by the BBC on graduate skills, Libby Hackett, “called for universities to make the case for more higher education places as, despite the recession, the number […]

The Times – ‘Soft ways into university face the axe’

February 20, 2012

In an article in the Sunday Times Libby Hackett, director of University alliance, welcomed plans to scrap UCAS tariffs for certain vocational courses as alternatives to A-levels. “[Parity of esteem...

THE: Individual course fees may be used for distribution of ‘margin’ places

February 9, 2012

In an article in Times Higher Education (THE) Libby Hackett, director of the University Alliance said the unexpected hit was bad for student choice as many of the institutions affected […]

The Economist: ‘Pile them high’

February 3, 2012

In the article “Pile them high”, The Economist argues that ‘Steep tuition fees are not deterring most students. But the attempt to create a market in higher education is off […]