Gap Between Rich and Poor Felt in Campus

Most students who are working and some of those who come from poorer and working class backgrounds have the tendency to skip some university activities because of financial difficulties. In a greater scope, they are not able fully participate in the student life. These are what results of a study by … [Read more...]

Government Wants Universities and Colleges to Increase Initiatives and Turnouts for Disadvantaged Students

After finding out that applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds has been outnumbered by their affluent counterparts, 1:3, education ombudsman Les Ebdon calls on universities and colleges to do more in their initiatives in widening access to higher education. Specifically, he has instructed … [Read more...]

Study Explores the Possibility of Limiting Tuition Fees to £6,000

This year marks the first that university tuition fees in England reached a maximum of £9,000, triple the previous cap. In the face of strong reactions to this move, various alternatives for funding are being looked into. A study from London Economics commissioned by the Million + group of … [Read more...]

Underprivileged Standouts to be Encouraged by Government to Proceed to Higher Education

The UK government, through its ministers, will urge top achieving pupils who come from lower-class backgrounds to greatly consider going to university. Research results show that there are one third more number of students from privately funded schools than state funded academic institutions who … [Read more...]

Rising Donations from Graduates Boost Scottish University Funds

Rising Donations from Graduates Boost Scottish University Funds

Scottish university funding is getting a boost despite pressing issues of rising tuition fees and government budget cuts as part of austerity measures. The current system being followed is two tiered, allowing Scottish and EU students to pay no tuition fees at Scottish universities, while non EU … [Read more...]

Widening Access to Higher Education and Narrowing Gap in Career Achievement

Widening Access to Higher Education and Narrowing Gap in Career Achievement

Universities have been widening their admission to reach students from less privileged backgrounds. Giving them equal opportunities with their advantaged peers is the purpose of doing so. The drive has been successful at the front end of the goal. In general, students from state-funded schools have … [Read more...]

Limits on Admitting Top Students Relaxed, Universities to Compete in Recruiting Them

Limits on Admitting Top Students Relaxed, Universities to Compete in Recruiting Them

Being a top student certainly has its advantages, including better chances for receiving an offer at their preferred courses and universities. Starting this autumn, universities will be free to admit as many students with A-level grades of ABB or higher as they wish. This will create an … [Read more...]

Student Maintenance Loans, Grants to Rise at Less Than Rate of Inflation

Student Maintenance Loans, Grants to Rise at Less Than Rate of Inflation

Maintenance loans and grants for English Students will increase by 1% in 2014-15. The announcement came through a written statement from universities minister David Willetts. The increase is less than the rate of inflation. Part-time students and those taking distance learning courses will also … [Read more...]

Scottish Universities to Accept More Students from Poorer Backgrounds

Students from underprivileged backgrounds in Scotland will now have the opportunity of attending university despite not achieving the required grades for entrance. Recruiting more students from colleges is part of moves to widen access to higher education for pupils from deprived communities. … [Read more...]

Universities Urged to Offer Grants to Underprivileged Sixth Formers

Universities Urged to Offer Grants to Underprivileged Sixth Formers

The government’s social mobility adviser, former Labour minister Alan Milburn is due to submit a report to the government urging universities in England to fund grants to help poorer sixth-formers pursue degree courses. He has been tapped by the coalition to review policies concerning social … [Read more...]