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  • 13.06. 2018

    Its not HE but did you see this adult learners cash windfall?

    ESFA has announced that for the period from August 2018 until July 2019, colleges and other providers will be given the discretion to fully fund adult education programmes for those students who earn less per year than the Social Mobility Commission’s low-pay threshold of £15,736.50. The extra funding that will be required for this is believed to come from the current large underspends in the existing AEB. A copy of the ESFA update can be accessed at:

  • 13.06. 2018

    Partnership achievement in the first year of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

    The report showcases how local networks funded by the OfS have creatively developed opportunities for young people in specific areas where HE participation has been identified as lower than expected given the GCSE results of the young people living there.

  • 29.05. 2018

    Institute for Apprenticeships Academic Professionals new opportunity Level 7

    Academic Professionals work within the higher education sector delivering higher education teaching and undertaking research to support the development of knowledge within their discipline. They may work in Universities, Colleges or the Private Sector, in the primary role of developing and sharing knowledge with students, peers and external stakeholders to support advancement of the discipline and the resolution of major challenges.

  • 22.05. 2018

    More BTEC students progress to university

    The numbers of students starting university courses after studying BTECs is rising. However, these students are less likely to graduate with a top degree than their peers who took A levels, according to a new study.

  • 09.05. 2018

    The government’s review of post-18 education funding in England UUK response

    In its submission to the review, Universities UK said that, while the system in England had not deterred young people from full-time study – and has provided sustained and stable funding for higher education – there is a lack of public confidence and understanding of how it delivers value for money for students.

  • 27.04. 2018

    Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge -  MEG Publication

    John Widdowson and Madeleine King have written a monograph to discuss and illustrate some of the challenges facing leaders in CBHE and offer examples and suggestions for how tackle them. With the future shape of tertiary education in the UK up for debate and a substantial expansion of higher education in colleges expected to play an important role in the government’s post-18 funding review, this monograph could not be more relevant to the challenges the sector now faces

  • 23.04. 2018

    April 2018 Action on Access eBulletin

    Some 20 plus articles from across the HE sector everything from -The future of UK universities Vice-Chancellor's blog, Cambridge University to - Acting Up’, Labour’s inquiry into access and diversity in the performing arts

  • 09.04. 2018

    Are accelerated degrees a head start or a false start? thoughts from Bishop Grosseteste University

    Rob Boast is Executive Dean & Jonathan Richardson is a Public Relations Assistant at BGU

  • 22.03. 2018

    The decline of PT undergraduate higher education & Forgotten Learners (mature students)

    Two recent reports which analyse the decline in part time and mature students

  • 12.03. 2018

    Introduction of an FE subscription by JISC

    Jisc is funded by all education funding councils across the UK. To date, the Department for Education (DfE) and its predecessors have fully funded Jisc to deliver its core portfolio including the world-leading Janet network, full protection from cybersecurity and e-books into general FE colleges, independent specialist colleges and sixth form colleges. Introduction of an FE subscription From August 2019 this is going to change. As a consequence of the comprehensive spending review DfE have confirmed their intention to change how they intend to fund Jisc which will involve a significant funding reduction. The department has however, also confirmed it will continue to fund a proportion of Jisc's work.

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