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Welcome to our News section. Here you will find details of all our latest activities and events as well as an archive of our past news.

  • 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.

  • 09.03. 2018

    Degree Apprenticeship Week- Posts you might have missed

    With the end of Degree Apprenticeship week here are a summary of HEFCE Blogs

  • 28.02. 2018

    Rise in degree applications from EU students

    It would appear Brexit has not deterred EU students from applying to study in England!

  • 20.02. 2018

    HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees

    For the first time, it is possible to compare subjects based on how vocational they are, using a new measure called the occupations subject concentration ratio. HEFCE does not suggest that subjects should become more or less vocational. Less vocational subjects offer a broad range of options to graduates, while more vocational subjects restrict these options in a graduate’s early career. HEFCE believes this information can help potential students choose which degree subject to study. HEFCE states that this is an experimental measure and are keen to receive any comments, feedback or suggestions on it and its potential uses.

  • 13.02. 2018

    Disappearing part-time and mature students: time for change

    Professor Julie Lydon Vice-Chancellor University of South Wales has written about the problem we are so acutely aware of and makes some useful suggestions for addressing this issue.

  • 31.01. 2018

    Universities must revisit BTECs as a route to higher education

    Gabriel Huntley authored this University Alliance, Pearson and The Social Market Foundation report about vocational routes to higher education.

  • 22.01. 2018

    Engaging students in pedagogic innovation: learning from small-scale innovation projects

    What role can students play in the development and uptake of educational innovation and what is the impact on their learning? Over the past six months, HEFCE have been considering these questions as part of the evaluation of the HEFCE Catalyst Fund Call A programme which focusses on pedagogic innovation in learning and teaching.

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