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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.


CIPD calls on G20 to prevent 'global skills crunch'

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has called for the G20 to work on unblocking the labour market, which could lead to an influx of new graduate jobs. read more...


HEFCE: University finances 'are healthy'

UK Universities are generally in a healthy financial state, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The council has played down talk of a university funding crisis, claiming that higher education will continue to be well supported with public money despite the economic downturn. read more...


Cash flow 'concerns' for UK universities

British universities could find themselves in severe financial difficulty if students decide they are unable to afford to study for a degree because of the economic downturn, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, a large number of institutions rely upon international student fees to subsidise courses. read more...


Students 'becoming customers' of higher education

Students are becoming increasingly selective when it comes to pursuing higher education options, it has been suggested.

According to Johnny Rich, editor of student information website push.co.uk, many students are considering CV prestige and potential earnings when they choose which universities to apply to. read more...


School leaving age is raised

A new law passed this week will ensure young people remain in compulsory education or training until the age of 17 from 2013 and 18 from 2015.

The Education and Skills Act has been given Royal Assent, as the government attempts to improve skills levels within the UK workforce. read more...


Government 'to tackle' student loan fraud

Concerns have been raised that some undergraduate students have been illegally claiming university grants from the government, it has been reported.

A review of income related-fraud has been ordered by the government in order to ensure that only those who are entitled to state support receive it. read more...


'Training should be encouraged' in graduate jobs

The World of Learning has called for new legislation granting UK employees the right to take time off work for training purposes.

According to senior conference and marketing manager Alison Church, the current economic climate dictates that it is "more crucial than ever" that continued professional development is encouraged. read more...


Foreign students 'will require licence to enter UK'

Non-EU students will need to be sponsored by universities and colleges, as the UK increases efforts to reduce illegal migration, it has been announced.

As part of Home Office measures to be introduced in March, the UK Border Agency will issue licenses to those coming to study from abroad. read more...


Government 'must support postgrad study'

The government must offer more financial support to postgraduate students, it has been claimed.

According to the National Union of Students (NUS), the loan system which funds undergraduates should be extended to those who go on to study further, reports BCC News. read more...


Graduate debt 'set to rise'

An increase in tuition fees could mean that graduates face mounting debt, according to a new study.

The Nation Union of Students (NUS) predicts that an increase in fees expected to take place next year will mean that those attending a leading university could face leaving study with £37,000 worth of debt, reports the Times. read more...

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