Tuition Fees Brain Drain Again

An article by D.D. Guttenplan in the New York Times ‘British Educators Telling Students: Go Abroad‘ reiterates what we, others, and even the government, have been saying about those who think universitites will be able to charge what they like without any impact on enrolment figures. “Caught between the rising cost of university tuition in […]

Tuition Fees Brain Drain

The Press Association report that research suggests more British students are studying for degrees overseas than their peers from the UK’s big academic rivals. Some 22,000 UK students are now enrolled on programmes abroad, according to Vincenzo Raimo, director of Nottingham University’s international office. This figure only counts those who are studying for an entire […]

Imperial College Tuition Fee Mutiny

It has just been formally announced that Imperial College will charge the maximum £9k per year for their degree courses from 2012. But why is this Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) university charging the full amount when the science teaching budget is ring-fenced? A mutiny indeed. Time for OFFA to flex its muscles? We […]

Russell Group Red Herrings

The battle lines over control of tuition fees have been drawn and its plain to see the fight will be dirty. We say this after receiving one Russell Group uni newsletter where it looks to us that their strategy is to divert attention away as much as possible from the matter at hand i.e. putting […]

Figure Crunching

Number of apprenticeships to be created by 2014 according to Vince “Janus” Cable: 100,000 Number of young people currently unemployed in the UK and the worst figures since records began: 953,000 (20% of 16-24 year olds). Nice one, Vince. Only 850,000 to go. It is a shame you’ve trebled tuition fees and scrapped the EMA […]

2011 – More of the Same?

With the arrival of the New Year and in our first post of 2011, we wanted to consider what lies ahead for education this coming year. We couldn’t help but think that this year – 2011 – will resemble 2010 in so many ways: -There will be more unnecessary policy innovations handed down from above […]

Continuing Americanisation of UK Education

With the narrow victory for the Coalition of One over tuition fees and the rise of Teach First, it seems that the UK is moving ever closer to becoming the newest addition to the United States of America. Teach First is modelled on Teach For America and tuition fees are commonplace in the USA where […]

Roll of Shame: MPs Who Voted For Fees Hike

Hansard data reveals who voted for the tuition fees hike yesterday. What is galling to us is the number of MPs who despite benefiting themselves from a free or heavily subsidised higher education now think there’s no hypocrisy in voting for a dramatic reduction in the very same subsidy they benefited from. Take Vince Cable. […]

Teach First, McKinsey & Goldman Sachs

Continuing our investigations into Teach First, it is good to know that this charitable organisation has powerful backing. The founder and CEO at Teach First is Brett Wigdortz. Our Brett has no training in education: he’s not a teacher, policy expert or researcher. He is a businessman, and after gaining an MA in Economics and […]

After Day X: 28 Nov Student Coordination

…and it gets worse still: “After Day X: 28 Nov Student Coordination After the day of action… NATIONAL STUDENT COORDINATION 12noon – 5pm Sunday 28th November Birkbeck College, Central London, WC1E 7HX Initiated by Education Activist Network, supported by NCAFC and ULU Student Assembly. Wednesday 24th November will go down as a day that shook […]


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