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Higher Education News Roundup – week 32

Higher Education News Roundup – week 32

In week 32 of our weekly Higher Education snapshots, we keep you up to date on the current discussions, debates and findings in all things HE, including both UK and International news to help you engage students during every step of their journey.

UK

Students can enter a competition to win an unconditional degree place

As the clearing period arrives one university is taking a more unconventional admissions route for their course in creative advertising.  Falmouth University is offering an unconditional degree place on its BA in creative advertising as a prize in a unique competition which challenges potential students to creatively sell something that they own.

Read more about competitions and incentivisation in this case study

Two-in-one degree courses becoming increasingly more popular – THE

It is becoming clear that more and more students are opting for courses that combine a master’s and bachelor’s degree in an attempt to find new ways to finance postgraduate study. HESA has found that in 2012-13 nearly double the number of students were on courses that combined a master’s and bachelor’s degree, compared to 2007-8.

If you’d like to understand how to promote these types of courses to potential students, get in touch with us now.

INTERNATIONAL

Rules on student visa refusals are tightened by Home Office

Experts are warning that the new threshold could result in a “sudden death” threat for smaller universities. Home office announced in July that stricter rules will be put in place on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study within the UK. If more than 20 per cent of the students universities offer places to are refused visas these universities will lose their highly trusted sponsor status.

Take a look at our case study on how we helped Swansea University reach their international postgraduate targets with pre-qualified applicants.

Spanish universities ditch entrance exams for international students

In a bid to establish Spain as a main overseas study destination, the country has ditched The Selectividad entrance exam for overseas students. Historically low numbers of international students are hoped to increase by removing the exam which was seen as Spain’s “biggest obstacle to increasing inbound student mobility”. The exam is set to be removed for Spanish students in 2017-18, with particular regions using their own standardised exams.

Read the full article: Spain scraps university entrance exam for foreign students

WIDENING PARTICIPATION

Are free schools being socially selective?

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove was adamant that free schools would improve the prospects of disadvantaged communities. However, recent research by London University’s Institute of Education has shown that even free schools established in deprived areas are failing to admit those in need.

Find out more – Government’s flagship free schools accused of allowing ‘stealth selection’ as they fail to admit poorest kids.

Under new Government plans, Oxbridge could charge up to £16,000 in tuition fees

Oxford and Cambridge argue that current tuition fees do not cover costs, according to MP David Willets. It was said that the teaching methods employed at both of the prestigious institutions are not covered by the current tuition fees of £9,000.

Universities were asked by David Willets whether they would consider buying their student loan debts in return for a rise in tuition fees. Research suggests universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group institutions have the best loan repayment rates due to the higher employment rates. Although, students at former polytechnics in inner-city areas have some of the lowest salaries and repayment rates.

This research has led to concerns that the new Government plan could discourage universities from admitting students from poor families and women due to their potential earnings after graduation being smaller.

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