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Governance failings are putting UK universities at risk of collapse

Governance failings are putting UK universities at risk of collapse

Predictions that some UK higher education institutions are facing disaster are hardly new. There have even been recent rumours that 40 of them are “in cash trouble” as a result of the pandemic. Yet our new report, University Governance: A Risk of Imminent Collapse, breaks new ground by using the words of university leaders themselves to illuminate what is going […] … learn more→

All you need to know about living and studying in Dublin

All you need to know about living and studying in Dublin

Ireland is a very popular choice for students from abroad thanks to its rich heritage and history, fantastic universities, competitive tuition fees, beautiful coastline scenery, and vibrant night life. To add to this, the Irish are well known for being friendly and welcoming to foreigners so people know they will be treated with respect. Ireland […] … learn more→

UK University students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years

UK University students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years

Student activists across the United Kingdom are getting ready for the largest wave of university rental strikes in 4 decades thanks to the growing frustration arising from heavy-handed lockdowns, having to pay for rooms that are not being used, and the prospect of not having face-to-face lessons when universities open again. Students Do Not Appreciate […] … learn more→

Students and universities mourning the UK's departure from the Erasmus + program

Students and universities mourning the UK’s departure from the Erasmus + program

After reaching a trade agreement at the very last minute with the institutions of the European Union on December 24, many businessmen and politicians on both sides of the English Channel seemed to breathe with relief. However, the agreement not only marks the UK’s exit from the European common market and the tariff union, but also from […] … learn more→

Five ideas for a different distance teaching

Five ideas for a different distance teaching

The Covid-19 crisis has imposed distance education on everyone, not without pain . At the University, our students have been almost exclusively at a distance for almost a year! These successive confinements have had serious consequences. First there were the technical issues, the poor network connection, insufficient computer equipment, the difficulty in isolating yourself from others. Then, very quickly, we […] … learn more→

Exams cancelled? Think like a university student to get ahead

Exams cancelled? Think like a university student to get ahead

A-level exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been cancelled, along with Highers in Scotland. It’s not yet clear what the replacement for these exams will look like, and many students may be feeling anxious or despondent about their prospects. However, some kind of assessment will take place – so now is not the time to […] … learn more→

What’s the purpose of university? Your answer may depend on how much it costs you

What’s the purpose of university? Your answer may depend on how much it costs you

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the university sector under greater scrutiny. In some cases, this has prompted new conversations about the purpose of higher education. These have included the extent to which universities are upholding their commitment to public service, and whether the current institutional adjustments in universities will change the way higher education is delivered. But […] … learn more→

New global ranking system shows Australian universities are ahead of the pack

New global ranking system shows Australian universities are ahead of the pack

Whether it’s purchasing power parity or the Happiness Index, global comparisons require benchmarking. Sport does this well with World Cups and the Olympics, or better still the single ranking familiar to tennis and golf aficionados. The problem with universities is there are around a dozen rankings. Each is a variable mix of research, reputation and teaching metrics, leading […] … learn more→