Category Archives: About Universities UK

Notes from the UUK Annual Conference

This time last year UUK’s President, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, addressed the Members’ Annual Conference as the new man in post. This year the newcomer is Greg Clark, new Minister of State for Universities and Science, and here in Leeds … Continue reading

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Universities’ economic impact – new research revealed soon

The campaign leading up to the next general election in 2015 has unofficially kicked off. In response, Universities UK has set a challenge to all of the parties – to explain how they will back universities on student funding, research … Continue reading

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For universities, the arts are not marginal – they are core business

I was very pleased to be invited by Arts Council England last week to give a conference speech on a subject that has been creeping up the agenda over the last few years –collaborations between universities and arts institutions. From … Continue reading

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Student visas: We’re with the government when it comes to eliminating abuse

Reports suggest that tonight’s Panorama programme will expose alleged fraudulent activity by a private company operating in colleges. This company is shown to have been allegedly falsifying language tests and bank statements to help visa applicants meet tough requirements to … Continue reading

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Cyber security in higher education: risk and openness

Digital networks and digital information are such core elements of the lives of organisations and private individuals that cyber threats that undermine our confidence in their security potentially risk undermining their transformative benefits. Equally, increasingly restrictive security controls in the … Continue reading

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Universities UK’s external speakers guidance does not promote gender segregation – it highlights universities’ legal obligations

Last Friday (22 November 2013) Universities UK, the representative organisation for the UK’s universities, published guidance to assist universities in managing controversial external speaker events on campus. This is a complex area involving a wide range of legislation from equalities law … Continue reading

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What is going on with part-time undergraduate higher education?

And what should be done about it? These are very live questions for all those who work with part-time students. And researchers and policy-makers are grappling with the questions, too. Many organisations, including Universities UK, HEFCE, HECSU, OFFA, the Institute … Continue reading

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Where student fees go

In 2012, the cap on English university fees for full-time undergraduates from the UK and EU was increased to £9,000 a year. Government loans mean that students don’t have to pay up-front and the repayment terms ensure that they are … Continue reading

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