Making EU students pay higher fees is a blow for social mobility

On 24 June, universities minister Michelle Donelan announced that, as a consequence of Brexit, EU and EEA students would be classified as overseas students starting from the 2021/22 academic year. They will be charged full tuition (up to £20,000 in some cases), lose access to the tuition fee loan, and no longer be eligible for many needs-based funds. It signalled […]

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Minister lambasts English universities for letting down students

The 20-year crusade to get more young people into higher education appears at an end, after the universities minister accused England’s universities of “taking advantage” of students with dumbed-down courses that left them saddled with debt. In a significant shift in policy, Michelle Donelan declared it was time to “think again” about the government’s use of higher education to boost […]

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‘Abolish whiteness’ academic calls for Cambridge support

A Cambridge academic who tweeted “White lives don’t matter. As white lives” has called on the university to do more to advance the national conversation on race after being subjected to a torrent of abuse. Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in anglophone and related literature, received death threats and a campaign was launched to have her fired in response to […]

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Bitter row ruining Oxford college reputation, says watchdog

A bitter dispute at an Oxford college involving accusations of “scandalous behaviour”, which were later thrown out by a retired high court judge, is damaging the institution’s reputation, the Charity Commission has said. The commission has ordered both sides at Christ Church, a charitable body and the alma mater of 13 British prime ministers, to enter into a mediation process […]

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Top private school asks teachers to exaggerate exam predictions

One of the UK’s most prestigious private schools has a policy of asking teachers to exaggerate predicted exam results for some of its lowest-performing students on university applications to help them secure offers, documents seen by the Guardian reveal. Sevenoaks school, which charges more than £38,000 a year for boarding pupils, prides itself on its students’ “tremendous record of achievement” […]

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Pre-exam pupils return to school for teacher time

Some secondary pupils in England facing exams next year are heading into school from Monday for face-to-face time with their teachers. Government guidelines only permit a quarter of the chosen year groups, 10 and 12, to be on site at a time. The move comes as ministers are urged to work with teachers and councils on a national school recovery […]

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Schools will not return full-time if 2m distancing rules are still in place, say academy leaders

Academy leaders have poured cold water on the government’s plans to get all children back to school full time by September, saying lessons will not be logistically possible if 2m social distancing guidelines remain in place. Education secretary Gavin Williamson was earlier this week forced to abandon his pledge to get all primary pupils in England to return before the […]

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