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Two-thirds of students to get grants

Two-thirds of students starting university in September 2008 will receive non-repayable grants to help fund the cost of living and their studies, the government has announced.

More than 180,000 new university-goers will receive a non-repayable maintenance grant, with a third of those set to be given the full grant amount of £2,385. read more...


Diplomas could 'spell the end of A-Levels'

The traditional path followed by students prior to entering university could change under new government proposals.

Plans unveiled by the schools secretary Ed Balls would mean increasing numbers of the graduates of tomorrow would enter university without A-Levels. read more...


Scottish students reject idea of 'graduate tax'

Students at a Scottish university have rejected a proposal put forward by their principal to introduce a graduate tax to help fund higher education.

Dr Brian Lang, principal at St Andrews University, made the suggestion earlier this year that a tax could be paid by university leavers once they have entered a graduate career. read more...


Taking a second degree set to get harder

Graduates looking to take a second degree may find it harder to start their studies under new government plans, a university head has warned.

The government has announced plans to end university funding for graduates looking to undertake a second degree that is equal to the one they have already graduated in. read more...


Top universities 'are awarding more top degrees'

More and more graduates are leaving the UK's top universities with better degrees, new research has shown.

The findings, reported in the Guardian, reveal that the elite 20 universities in the UK, also known as the Russell Group, awarded two per cent more 2:1s and first class degrees every year from 1994 to 2002. read more...


Schools to link with universities

The government is set to announce a scheme to partner every secondary school in the UK with a university, the BBC has reported.

The plans aim to increase the number of pupils from low-income families who enter higher education, and ultimately move onto the graduate recruitment market. read more...


University boss calls for higher student loans

The head of one of the UK's top universities has called for graduates to pay higher rates of interest on their student loans, the Telegraph reports. read more...


Parents prepared to fund university

Mother and fathers across the country are bracing themselves to make significant contributions to the finances of their undergraduate children, a new study claims.

Research conducted by from Halifax Unsecured Personal Loans reveals that almost two-thirds of parents are prepared to use their salary to help fund their sons and daughters. read more...


UK universities need to improve international relations

UK universities need to do more to welcome overseas students and integrate them into domestic society, experts have claimed. read more...


BPP handed degree authority

BBP College has become the first private company to be empowered with the authority to award degrees.

The college offers law and business courses and had to pass a series Quality Assurance Tests to become approved. read more...

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