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Will MAC help or hinder student mobility to UK?

Hopes of removing international students from the UK’s migration target and restoring the post-study work visas to overseas students at British universities were dashed when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its Impact of International Students in the UK report.   Reaction was swift with Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, telling the BBC […]

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Honoured at becoming a life member of EUPRIO

Despite the impression that Europe is sometimes falling apart with the rise of nationalism, popularism and self-harming moves like Brexit, I’m pleased to report that the European higher education PR and communication network EUPRIO is at least in excellent health. This summer’s annual conference of the association in the southern Spanish city of Sevilla attracted […]

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UK and Ireland top U-Multirank for student completion rates

The 2018 edition of U-Multirank provides new insight into the relative strengths and weaknesses of different higher education systems around Europe and the United States, with the United Kingdom and Ireland performing the strongest for Teaching and Learning as a result of their good ‘on-time’ student completion rates. U-Multirank claims to be the world’s largest global […]

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Three years on from cancer – lessons learnt!

AMAZINGLY it is just over three years since I was recovering at home after having my operation to remove the cancerous part of my bowel and a subsequent hernia operation. So, what are the lessons and tips I can pass on to others recovering and surviving after cancer treatment? First, we are all different, but […]

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Call grows for authentic website student reviews

SUDDENLY everyone appears to be calling for authentic student reviews on university websites – a public place where existing “customers” of higher education can say what it is really like to be studying on a course at this or that university. Among those leading the charge is web guru Gerry McGovern (pictured), whose key message […]

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Are universities listening to international students?

The need for universities to keep pace with the rapidly changing market place for international talent is highlighted in a new report from QS Enrolment Solutions based on responses to the 2018 International Student Survey. The report ‘Harnessing Opportunities in Global Higher Education’ is the latest to call on universities to up their game and […]

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Times Higher first world summit in Central Europe

The importance of universities in shaping a more secure, progressive and prosperous world will be highlighted when the Times Higher Education (THE) holds its first world summit in Central and Eastern Europe. The event, titled Building a hub for world-class research, hosted by Palacký University in the Czech Republic from 24-26 April 2018, will discuss, […]

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Review into ‘broken’ higher education student funding

British universities started the New Year much as they ended 2017 – on the back foot as they struggled to fend off criticism of bulging pay packets for vice-chancellors. Meanwhile staff went on strike to protect their pensions and students complained about not getting value-for-money for their £9,250 yearly tuition fees. Suddenly UK higher education […]

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Universities told to avoid misleading marketing claims

Advertising watchdogs have reprimanded six British universities for making marketing claims that could be misleading to potential students. How embarrassing – and its follows similar action against the University of Reading earlier this year when it agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority, or ASA, to ‘phase out’ its claim to be in the global ‘top 1%’. […]

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U-Multirank ends its dependency on the EU

U-Multirank, the global ranking of different university activities, has a new financial and management structure which means it can move away from total dependency on the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The Spanish Santander Group and the Bertelsmann foundation from Germany have together agreed to share the cost and running of U-Multirank with the European Commission. […]

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