5 December 2013
Following the announcement in the Autumn Statement that an additional 30,000 student places will be funded in universities in 2014-15, the university think-tank million+ has welcomed the commitment by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to the expansion of higher education. The Chancellor also announced that the cap on student numbers would be lifted for all universities and private providers in England in 2015.
28 November 2013
Cuts to Student Opportunity funding would damage social mobility and hurt the Treasury, concludes new report
A new study into Student Opportunity funding, worth £332 million in 2013-14, has warned that cuts to this successful driver of social mobility would hurt students with disabilities, mature students and young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds across the country. The report is issued against a backdrop of budget problems at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills following the failure to control course places at unregulated private providers.
25 November 2013
Following the announcement that Erudio Student Loans has agreed to pay government £160 million for a part of the Student Loans book, million+ have drawn attention to how the money raised should be spent, emphasising the importance of re-investment in higher education.
1 November 2013
24 October 2013
23 October 2013
16 October 2013
million+ has welcomed the publication of a report on part-time and mature undergraduate students by Universities UK. The report confirms the drop in part-time and mature students studying for a degree and calls for the benefits of studying part-time to be promoted. In June 2013, million+ called for the return of the part-time premium to help universities to support the part-time market and a high profile campaign, led by Government, focusing on mature students.
15 October 2013
7 October 2013
31 July 2013
million+ welcome the publication of Tomorrow’s growth, new routes to higher-level skills, the CBI report which calls for vocationally-focused university and business-led courses and qualifications to be better promoted.
29 July 2013
million+ welcomes the publication of International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity, the BIS international education strategy
29 July 2013
In evidence to the Education Select Committee the university think-tank million+ warns that the teacher training planning system in England has broken down, risking a teacher shortage in the future.
9 July 2013
million+ welcomes the recovery in full-time student applications but calls on Ministers to do more for part-time and mature student applications.
With BIS under pressure from an alternative provider overspend, cutting social mobility support may be tempting but counter-productive in the long run