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    How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

Racism is still alive and well in US and UK academia, writes Kalwant Bhopal. She argues that to dismantle it, there is a need for radical action from universities, which must start by acknowledging the existence of institutional racism and white privilege. 

Despite many claims to the contrary, racism is alive and well and robustly shaping the educational experiences of […]

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    Paying for higher education – what are the parties proposing?

Paying for higher education – what are the parties proposing?

University financing has again emerged as a key battleground issue. Should fees be regulated lower and if so, how will the cost be financed? Gill Wyness explores these questions.

The UK has dramatically increased the supply of graduates over the last four decades. The proportion of workers with higher education has risen from only 4.7 per cent in 1979 to 28.5 per cent in […]

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    Increasing involvement of private finance in the higher education sector will have important consequences for academic institutions in the UK

Increasing involvement of private finance in the higher education sector will have important consequences for academic institutions in the UK

Changes in higher education policy are altering the way academic institutions are functioning in Britain. Andrew McGettigan takes a look at the implications of new funding mechanisms for higher education and writes that new methods of debt issuance will increase the financial fragility of academic institutions. Furthermore, due to the increase in students accessing loans, governments will soon be […]

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    Stable sectors benefit from recessions by recruiting more talented workers, evidence suggests

Stable sectors benefit from recessions by recruiting more talented workers, evidence suggests

Between the end of 2007 and the middle of 2009, Britain and the United States experienced the worst recession for more than half a century. During that time entry into high-paying and high-risk private sector jobs declined substantially while many graduates tried to secure employment in less volatile sectors, such as academia. But how may this affect the economy […]

The UK can learn from international experience of widening participation in higher education

In many ways England is leading the way when it comes to widening participation in Higher Education. However, Lindsey Bowes argues there is a lot to be learned from the approaches of other countries. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) have developed and submitted a national strategy for promoting access and […]

The 1% pay offer to Higher Education staff is not enough to counter four years of wage suppression in a context of increasing marketisation

Last Tuesday universities were hit by a second strike as staff walked out over Higher Education pay. Sally Hunt outlines the issues and writes that while pay is a major driver, the deep-seated unhappiness felt by staff has been brought about by more than just falling rates of pay. The job of an academic has become increasingly characterised by unmanageably high […]

The Chancellor’s fantasy funding of UK higher education: Selling the student loan book is worse than economic nonsense

The Chancellor has stated that the loans to new students will be financed by selling the student loan book. But when you are incurring expenditure that needs to be paid sooner or later out of tax revenue, you cannot pay for it by reducing your future tax revenues. Worse still – the student loan book is worth less to a […]

The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms

Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. It’s a revolution in what the university’s about, and a counter-revolution is needed. In 2010 the UK government announced 100 percent […]