Posts Tagged “universities”

Tuition fees: still a good policy

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2014

It’s a little over 9 years since I first wrote about tuition fees and specifically the Lib Dems’ then commitment to abolishing them. I criticised the party’s anti-fees policy as “seriously flawed, and risks condemning British universities and students to (…)

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The social divide of access to higher education: my take on what universities need to get better at. (Hint: EVIDENCE)

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2014

I took part in the first ‘Directors Debate’ yesterday – on the real value and true price of scholarships in higher education - organised by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at Senate House in London yesterday. We had 5 (…)

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University application rates from disadvantaged areas: my ‘grounds for cautious optimism’ graph UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

Six months ago I published a graph showing an important trend: the narrowing gap in university application rates between 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas and the most advantaged areas. In the light of UCAS’s latest figures it’s time (…)

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The good news on university applications in 5 graphs

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

While the attention of the world’s media was focused on an 8lb 6oz bundle of Royal joy, there was perhaps even more significant good news about young people that didn’t garner quite so much coverage: demand for higher education from young people is at or near record levels for each country of the UK in [...]

“But don’t all US alumni give back to their university?”

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2013

The publication this week of the latest UK university fundraising figures gives me a timely excuse to dust down this #QTWTAIN. There’s a common assumption that pretty much all alumni at US universities (and certainly the elite Ivy League) give (…)

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University application rates from disadvantaged areas: my ‘grounds for cautious optimism’ graph

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2013

Over at LibDemVoice today, Mark Pack has produced an interesting graph showing an important trend: the narrowing gap in university application rates between 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas and the most advantaged areas. Here’s my less sophisticated graphical (…)

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University application rates in England at highest ever for disadvantaged groups, even post-£9k tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2013

UCAS has just released the latest university application figures as at January 2013. The good news is that they show an overall increase of 3.5% across the UK compared to 2012. The government will breathe a particular sigh of relief (…)

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Mike Moritz’s gift to Oxford: a couple of thoughts from me

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2012

Oxford University was yesterday able to unveil what is probably the largest ever pledged donation towards student financial assistance in the history of any European university. The bountiful benefactor? Mike Moritz, Welsh son of an academic emigre father who fled (…)

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The Coalition and Tuition Fees: history may well be kinder (though that may be too late for the Lib Dems)

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

One of the first posts I ever blogged, over 7 years ago, explained my support for tuition fees, and why it would be in the interests of the Lib Dems to to drop their opposition to them. Ironically, given how (…)

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Join me Friday, 12 noon, on the Guardian’s #HElivechat – The future of philanthropy in higher education

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2012

I’m one of the panel members on the Guardian’s live chat about the role that philanthropy can play in the future of university funding (Friday 17 February, 12pm – 2pm GMT): With an 80% cut in public spending set to (…)

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