Posts Tagged “universities”

Liberal Heroes of the Week #82: David Willetts and Douglas Carswell

by Stephen Tall on January 4, 2015

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Willetts Conservative MP, former universities minister Reason: for opposing his party’s plan to cut back the numbers of overseas students So often this column is a toss-up: do I make person X a ‘Liberal Hero’ for opposing […]

Why Lib Dems shouldn’t keep schtum about tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

“University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying”. That was the headline in The Guardian this week reporting new analysis by the Independent Commission on Fees chaired by Will Hutton: The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the […]

Highest ever rate of applications to university from poorer students new UCAS figures show

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2014

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has just published the latest figures of students applying to university this year according to free school meal status. What they show is that a higher proportion of pupils from low-income backgrounds are (…)

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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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