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Poorer students aren’t applying to university because of fears of high debts

Is the sky really the limit when you’re from a poorer background? Pexels Claire Callender.  With various political parties pledging to abolish or alter tuition fees, the question of how to fund higher education is squarely back on the political

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Higher education: how financial strategy took centre stage

Paul Temple. Government decisions about student fee levels, research funding and all the other aspects of higher education finance, and how individual institutions respond to these policy choices, now form a central aspect of the study of higher education, in

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Research excellence: getting better all the time – or is it?

Simon Marginson Research assessment is only partly reliable as an indicator of the real quality of the work going on in higher education. It has a dual character. On one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective methods.

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Higher education’s X-Factor: everything you always wanted to know about the REF

Chris Husbands Imagine – if you do not work in a UK university – a cross between the Olympics, the X-factor and a visit from Father Christmas. That will give you some – some – idea of the REF (the

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