Category Archives: Student Loans

Universities are the (spluttering) engines of social progress.

  Universities change the world, right? Well, sort of, but maybe not as much as they could or should…   Researching for the Greater Good Through their research, academics learn new things about the world, and this drives scientific and … Continue reading

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Is this the beginning of the end for tuition fees (as we know them)?

  The Higher Education Bill – currently passing through the hoops of parliamentary deliberation and approval – involves, for the first time, generating systematic data on graduates’ tax returns. The government sees this as leading one way, but I’m imagining … Continue reading

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Who gets hurt the most by BrHExit – Brexit and Higher Education?

The UK’s uneasy divorce from the European Union rumbles on, complex, messy, partisan and accusatory, and from different perspectives unwilling or overdue. What are the implications of Brexit for higher education (HE) or, as it’s been termed. ‘BrHExit’? The headlines … Continue reading

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A luke warm date with the White Paper – condensing 83 pages into 2

The much-anticipated Higher Education White Paper was released on Monday, sending the Twittersphere and other social media outlets into overload. It had been preceded by a Green (consultation) Paper in November last year, but the White Paper sets out what … Continue reading

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Are universities ‘dumbing down’?

One of the things that has happened over the past 15 years or so is that the number of people going to university has risen very quickly. This is not just in the UK, but worldwide. As I’ve written elsewhere, this … Continue reading

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The hot topics in research on higher education: an aperitif, in a nutshell.

How often can you get an overview of the field in which you work in just over an afternoon, and finish it off drinking bubbles on the balcony at the House of Lords? Every 50 years?! I was lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Is UK higher education ‘familyist’?

There’s been a lull in bloguctivity of late; normal service was interrupted by the arrival of little Sanako… The birth of our second child has brought a few questions to the fore that have been part of a set of ongoing discussions I’ve been … Continue reading

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Extending state loans to postgrad study: an insufficient solution to the conundrum?

There were announcements in March this year that the UK government would extend the student loans system to postgrad students, with up to £10,000 available for Master’s students and £25,000 for PhDers. This was largely welcomed as recognition for the … Continue reading

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Is Graduate Underemployment the elephant in the room?

By and large, there are three reasons to go to university: To learn more advanced knowledge in an academic or applied field; To develop ways of thinking and problem-solving; To get access to certain kinds of jobs. Universities have been … Continue reading

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Do student loans add up?

I’ve been reading quite a bit about student loans for the last few days. These exist where those who don’t have the cash to study up front – i.e. most people – have to borrow if the government isn’t paying for … Continue reading

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