Higher education policy

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Oxford University’s new vice-chancellor to investigate staff pay and conditions
Irene Tracey says she will commission independent inquiry to help alleviate ‘really tough’ pressures many face

Richard Adams Education editor

10, Jan, 2023 @4:34 PM

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Higher education regulator to make freedom of speech priority next year
OfS expected to gain new powers to regulate freedom of speech issues in England

Richard Adams, Education editor

15, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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State-educated students driving up competition and diversity at Oxford, says outgoing VC
Louise Richardson is proud that state entrants are up to 68% – and that she is succeeded by a woman

Richard Adams Education editor

26, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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English universities face fines over dropout and employment rates
Criteria on career outcomes, drop-out rates and degree attainment unveiled for system of sanctions

Richard Adams Education editor

30, Sep, 2022 @4:14 PM

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Most students think UK universities protect free speech, survey finds
King’s College London finds 65% believe campuses places of ‘robust debate’ – but growing number disagrees

Richard Adams, Education editor

28, Sep, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Universities call for return of maintenance grants for students in England
Steve West, head of Universities UK, urges government to deliver new model of higher education funding

Richard Adams Education editor

08, Sep, 2022 @4:58 PM

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Proportion of top degree grades in England could fall by nearly 25%
Universities say they want to reverse the grade inflation seen during the Covid pandemic

Richard Adams Education editor

05, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Students show ‘shocking growth in support for censorship’, ministers warn
Survey reveals many students value safety, compassion and avoidance of discrimination above free speech

Richard Adams Education editor

22, Jun, 2022 @11:01 PM

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English universities over-reliant on overseas students’ fees, report warns
Public accounts committee says institutions ‘potentially exposed to significant financial risks’, with 80 declaring annual deficit

Richard Adams Education editor

14, Jun, 2022 @11:01 PM

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UK universities urged to boost mental health support after student death
Office for Students calls for effective support services after Bristol University found guilty of failings over Natasha Abrahart’s suicide

Richard Adams, Education editor

20, May, 2022 @6:33 PM

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Too many first-class degrees awarded in England, regulator says
Minister calls for universities to restore pre-pandemic award levels by next year

Richard Adams Education editor

12, May, 2022 @6:17 PM

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Oxford and UCL tipped to win lion’s share of grants in UK research audit
Northumbria soars up research excellence framework ratings of 76,000 academics used to divide up £2bn annual funding

Richard Adams, Education editor

11, May, 2022 @11:01 PM

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