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UK students flock to American universities to beat new fees. Figures showing a fivefold increase in the number of inquiries about courses in the US will confirm fears voiced privately by Gordon Brown that higher fees could destabilise British universities ...More from The Times

University chief says students must pay own way. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, UK says that the parental link to student contributions should be severed and teenagers persuaded to make a personal investment in their futures ...More from The Times

School fees won't buy a good degree. Britain's most expensive private schools produce pupils who achieve the worst results at university, according to an eight-year study of graduates ...More from The Times

ed-u.com partners with Boots. ed-u.com has partnered with Boots, one of the best known retail names in the UK, to bring our visitors discussions and scheduled chats about relationships, beauty, mens health, health, fitness & nutrition ...More from the Boots Discussion and Chat Areas - Internal Link

'Let in state pupils with lower grades'. UK state school pupils should be allowed into university with lower A-level grades than applicants from independent schools, a minister has said ...More from the Times

British Fund Announces Scholarships For Children Of WTC Victims. The UK-based World Trade Center Disaster Fund has announced details of scholarships for children of victims of Sept 11th terrorist attacks. Details of the scholarships, for study at a UK University or equivalent higher education institution, were announced by the Fund's founder, Lord Levene, a former Lord Mayor of the City of London, who is in New York to publicise the scholarships ...More from Internet Wire

Oxford Online: Will People Pay? Oxford University Press has launched what may be the world's largest reference collection on the Internet -- with a hefty fee to view it ...More from Wired News

British universities 'ignoring AS-levels'. Head teachers warn that students will not want to take AS-levels if universities do not take them into account when offering places ...More from the BBC

Hit squads to take over failing UK colleges. The Government has proposed sending in hit squads to failing further education colleges - and those that do not improve will face closure. Lifelong learning minister Margaret Hodge said that, at present, FE students only had a "50-50 chance" of achieving what they set out to do, while drop-out rates are running at one in five. She says institutions that currently offered the full range of vocational and academic courses to students aged 14 and up could be encouraged to specialise in a bid to boost standards ...More from Ananova

British middle classes to pay more for their campus days. Middle-class university students would have to pay more for their education under plans being drawn up by ministers ...More from the Times

Students 'drinking their way into debt'. British students were told yesterday to reduce their drinking and spend more time in paid work, as the Government signalled that it would be taking a tough approach to undergraduate finance ...More from the Times

National Union of Students says students would be better off on the dole. A student outside London living on the largest available loan has to survive on £29.11 a week, reports The Guardian. By comparison, the jobseekers' allowance for 18-to-24-year-olds provides £42 a week ...More from What The Papers Say

Extra medical students 'putting pressure on resources'. A boom in the number of people studying medicine in the UK has meant there are not enough resources to go around, it is claimed. Students told the British Medical Association the influx has not been matched by increased facilities ...More from Ananova

UK students say higher debts are worth it. Students' debts have shot up - but most still drink, play hard and think university is great, a survey suggests ...More from the BBC

UK working class students leaving university with heavier debts. The National Audit Office says working class students leave university with bigger debts than their middle class counterparts. They say the Government should do more to help poor undergraduates cope with the cost of doing a degree. In addition they want universities to set up "job shops" to help them find part-time work ...More from Ananova

UK universities offered money to take poorer students. Universities could be offered cash incentives to take low-income students. Government sources say a figure of £1,000 per student is being considered. The Government wants half of all people under 30 to experience to higher education by 2010 ...More from Ananova

British children among best educated in world. A study has found British pupils are near the top of the world league table in maths, English and science. The UK comes in the top 10 of a 32-country league table by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. But the research also shows Britain has one of the worst records of any industrialised nation, at getting pupils from poor families to do well ...More from Ananova

University beckons for foyer homeless. Hundreds of young homeless people in the UK are being given the chance to go to university. The move comes thanks to a bursary scheme by The Foyer Federation charity and the Department for Education and Skills. Up to 300 people who have lived in foyers around the UK will be given £3,150 ($4,725) over three years to attend English universities ...More from Ananova

Professor of software systems engineering, Cambridge University, says university computer system is £10million ($15m) failure. A report by Prof Anthony Finkelstein catalogues the "unmitigated" failures in both management and technology. "The university treasurer was not financially qualified," reports The Telegraph. "With double the turnover of Warwick University, Cambridge employed half as many accountants" ...More from What The Papers Say

Report says female students don't learn as much as males. A new report suggests female college students learn only two thirds as much as their male counterparts. Researchers studied 19,000 students at several universities in the US. The differences may be down to the attitudes of individual institutions or the ways the sexes choose their subjects ...More from Ananova

UK gap year students on the rise. Researchers have found the number of young people in the UK taking a gap year between school and university has jumped. Numbers are up by nearly 15% compared with this time last year ...More from Ananova

Chinese students 'buy fake results to study in UK. Chinese students are allegedly securing places at British universities by paying £4,000 ($5,700) for fake qualifications. Police in China are reported to have uncovered a fraud racket in Beijing where GCSEs, A-levels and other British qualifications are available. ...More from Ananova

UK Universities and Colleges Admission Service announces record number of students seeking higher education. 414,893 students are seeking higher education places this autumn, reports The Independent, up 2.5 % on last year ...More from What The Papers Say

Youth's wasted year. Taking a year off to explore the world before university broadens the mind. Nonsense, it's merely a pretentious excuse to loaf around ...More from the Times

Asylum-seeker may miss place at Cambridge. An Iranian asylum-seeker has won a place at Peterhouse, Cambridge, two years after arriving in the country unable to speak English ...More from the Times

8000 UK university places left unfilled despite "Record Applications". Despite there being a 'record number' of applications to university for the 2000/2001 year, over 8000 places were left unfilled last year. This has mainly been caused by 'old' universities poaching students who would previously have gone to 'new' universities ...More from Educationet

Chelsea Clinton offered place at Oxford University. The course on offer is a two-year MPhil course in international relations, reports The Times. "She will hope to secure her father's old room, one of the most sought-after spots in the college." ...More from What The Papers Say

UK University goal not to be met until 2010. Plans for half of all young people in Britain to go on to higher education have been delayed because the demand for places has stalled, politicians and officials have said ...More from the Times

Oxford plans internet institute. Oxford University is to open the world's first internet institute in a bid to put Britain at the centre of global e-research. It is expected to become a forum for debate in Europe about the impact of the internet on all aspects of society ...More from the Financial Times

Britney Spears guide to semiconductors is a hit. Britney Spears can turn the most arcane science into a massive hit, an Essex university physicist has discovered ...More from the Telegraph

Universities need to be relieved from destructive research rules. Albert Camus described an intellectual as “someone whose mind watches itself”. In the contemporary British university, alas, the minds of most academics are occupied by considerations of funds and bureaucracy. ...More from the Times

Shortage of UK students closes new campuses. Government plans for half of all young people to go to university were under threat with the closure of a second campus within a month... More from the Times

Illegal immigration fuelled by diplomas. A Times investigation has found that Chinese immigrants are securing visas by using fake diplomas, some of them in rocket science, to enrol at British universities... More from the Times

UK Students: Laptop Policy Unfair. Warwick University announces a plan to equip all students with laptops. Some students are worried that this well-meaning plan will actually exacerbate the digital divide... More from Wired News USA

Which UK universities are the most popular? And are applications up or down since last year? 2001 application figures for every British university... More from the Guardian UK

Chelsea Clinton to attend Oxford University. "The American television talkshow host and socialite, Larry King, said Chelsea Clinton had told him that she planned to go to Oxford in the autumn of 2001, immediately after she graduates from Stanford" - The Independent... More from What The Papers Say

UK Students Face tuiton fees hike as University chiefs look to raise income. "Undergraduates pay up to £1,025 ($1537) a year for tuition. A new annual limit of 4,000 could raise 3 billion a year, funding bursaries to help the less well-off and allowing universities to offer more places on popular courses. It would also improve the pay of lecturers, many of whom are paid only just over half what their US counterparts receive." - The Times... More from What The Papers Say

The Good University Guide. The authoritative guide to Britain's tertiary education, with its league table of the nation's universities... More from The Times

Bill Gates backs £130 million university scholarship scheme. The Microsoft chief's personal charity is preparing to set up a permanent foundation that will finance 230 scholarships in Cambridge, where a Bill Gates House will be established as a students' centre. The scholars may be of any nationality and will be able to study any subject offered at Cambridge... More from What The Papers Say

Debts blamed for drop out increase. It has been calculated that the average debt for students leaving university is £5,286, and this amount looks set to rise. Some people believe that student debts could be up to £12,000, especially with the introduction of tuition fees.

It has also been calculated that one in five of Britain's 5.6 million further and higher education students drop out of their courses because of financial worries.

Although better financial planning helps, the old saying of "working your way through college" still applies in many cases.

Help is at hand at Freefund.com which helps students manage their money better by providing information on scholarships, bursaries, etc....More at ed-u.com's Finance Page

Billionaire to Fund Free Net University. Following in the footsteps of other high-tech philanthropists, MicroStrategy's founder wants to create a cyber university that would be free ...More from Wired News

90-year-old Takes Degree. A 90-year-old man has started a psychology degree with the Open University ...More from the BBC




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