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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Graduates face changes to student loan repayments

Changes are being made to the student loan system to stop those in graduate jobs making hundreds of pounds worth of overpayments, it has been claimed.

At the moment, the Student Loans Company (SLC) takes nine per cent of everything over £15,000 that a graduate earns directly from their payslips, reports the Daily Mail. read more...


Employee training plans 'reneged upon'

The government has performed a u-turn over plans to give workers paid time off work for training purposes, a leading trade union has claimed. read more...


Graduate workers 'to be allowed training time'

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has published a consultation on how new regulations regarding training at work entitlements will operate.

Graduates are set to benefit from new legislation allowing time off work for career development, subject to a successful passage through parliament. read more...


Scottish student debt 'increasing'

Debt among Scotland's students rose sharply during the first year of Scottish National Party (SNP) governance, the Scottish Labour Party has claimed.

In news of concern to those hoping for graduate careers in the future, the opposition party states latest higher education statistics show that student debt has increased by 8. read more...


Debts 'not dissuading' trainee teachers

Student debts are not putting off graduates from training to become teachers, a leading education agency has claimed.

According to the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), there is no reason to believe financial fears are preventing postgraduate applications. read more...


Scottish graduates given 'wrong' fee advice

Scottish postgraduate students have been given incorrect advice over payment of their graduate endowment fees, government officials have admitted.

According to the BBC, some 2,457 postgraduate students who had deferred payment on the £2,289 payment were told in March that they must pay the fee before they finish their studies. read more...


NUS blame top-up fees for entry drop

A leading student representative has blamed the introduction of top-up fees for a fall in undergraduate entrants during 2006-07.

Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) yesterday revealed the number of new full-time university students in the UK dropped from 385,625 to 369,305 last year. read more...


Temp working conditions 'not fair'

Temporary workers are to be given additional work rights under proposals outlined yesterday by prime minister Gordon Brown. read more...


Business-friendly degrees 'shunned by universities'

Numerous leading universities have resisted government plans to introduce intensive, business-friendly degrees, according to a Financial Times study.

Draft proposals suggest changes that would result in degrees taught over a 48-week period, with most of the learning taking place online or in the workplace. read more...


Executive to see skills development progress

The chief exec of the new UK Commission for Employment and Skills has visited BMW's training academy in Reading.

Chris Humphries, who is launching the commission on April 1st, went to the academy to see how it had become a leader in employment, skills and productivity. read more...

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