Education

University pension boss's £82,000 pay rise

Image copyright PA Image caption The pension scheme at the centre of a £6bn deficit row paid more than 100 of its own staff more than £100,000 The chief executive of the lecturers’ pension scheme at the centre of a university strike received a 17% pay rise worth an extra £82,000 this year. Bill Galvin’s […]

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Emotions run high on university pickets

Ashley Hayward stands anxiously on the picket line outside the Senate House library in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London. As cries of: “Don’t go to your classes today, don’t cross the picket,” ring out, the stress tells on the 19-year-old’s face. Edging forward, the first-year ancient-languages student seems distressed and a little angry. “I […]

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Universities braced for 14 days of strikes over pensions

Image copyright UCU Image caption The month-long strike programme will affect 64 universities A month of strikes over changes to lecturers’ pensions, affecting a total of 64 universities and more than a million students, is starting. Academics are walking out at universities from York to Bangor, and including Oxford and Cambridge. Petitions signed by 80,000 […]

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Jersey to consider paying students' tuition fees

Image copyright PA Image caption The States of Jersey said the estimated cost of attending university in the UK was now about £20,000, “depending on location” The “significant” rise in UK university costs is one of the reasons a British island is looking to increase its funding to students. It comes as the prime minister […]

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Lab v lecture hall: Whose tuition fees are you paying?

Image copyright Getty Images On university campuses across England, arts, humanities and social studies students are subsidising those on lab-based science courses, which are more expensive to run. This is because nearly all undergraduate courses come with the maximum £9,250 price tag. Ministers are looking at introducing a more variable system as part of a […]

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University challenge

Image caption Waiting for the bus – Daniel Bennett (centre) wants his son to have chances he didn’t “I didn’t hear the word university until after I had left school but I know I could have done well.” Daniel Bennett from Kennington in south London is a heating engineer. He did a four-year apprenticeship straight […]

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'Cut student interest rates' say MPs

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review There is no justification for such “high interest rates” on student loans, says a committee of MPs. The Treasury Select Committee says it is unconvinced by “questionable” claims in support of charging […]

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Lecturers want 'radical' tuition fee review

University staff are calling for a “radical” overhaul of tuition fees and higher education funding in England in a review of student finance. Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, says the review must be more than “tinkering at the edges”. The review, expected to be formally announced in the near future, follows a […]