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Britain acts to reverse fall in postgraduate students

As demand for full-time English undergraduate education continues to confound the prophets of doom by going up this year – despite the near three-fold increase in tuition fees – concern is mounting at falling applications for postgraduate courses, especially from UK students. Key among areas of concern is the decline in UK-domiciled students enrolling on […]

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Sharp decline in part-time students in England

A third of students at English universities study part-time, but numbers are falling and the decline accelerated between 2011 and 2013 to the alarm of policy makers who fear the downward spiral could harm the economic recovery. Ten years ago, 47% of all entrants to higher education in England were on part-time courses. Today, that […]

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British universities pin their flag to European Union mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much […]

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Communications in the digital age: features are blogs and news is a tweet!

I left mainstream newspaper journalism when I was just 35 after developing repetitive strain injury (RSI as it often called) – caused, ironically enough, when computers replaced typewriters in the newsroom and the necessary adjustments to office furniture were not made, nor any proper training given about how we were to use these new fangled […]

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Getting ready for EUPRIO 2014 in the Austrian Alps

Registration for EUPRIO’s 2014 conference at the University of Innsbruck in Austria has opened and here NIC MITCHELL looks at some the sessions on offer. The annual conference of European Public Relations & Information Officers’ association is titled ‘How to communicate in a world dominated by change’ and takes place from 4-7 September 2014. Among […]

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Love is in the air for the study abroad alumni !

Sometimes it is easy to get blinded by figures when reporting about European Union initiatives – but there was one statistic that jumped out at me when attending a London seminar on UK student mobility and the new Erasmus+ programme. And this was the claim that over-a-quarter of young people meet their life partner while […]

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Reciprocity should be key to study abroad flows

NIC MITCHELL previews another step on the road to getting more British students to study abroad for at least part of their higher education. Many of Britain’s study abroad advocates are expected to gather in London’s Caledonian Club on Tuesday March 11 for a seminar – with the lengthy title of “Implementing the Outward Student […]

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Alpine venue for European unis focus on change

The 2014 conference of the European universities public relations and communications network EUPRIO is taking place in the Austrian Alps this September under the umbrella of ‘How to communicate in a world dominated by change!’ Here we take a first look at what’s on offer: THE pace of change in higher education is accelerating and […]

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The other side of the student mobility coin: Lithuania!

Plans for a major shake-up of Lithuanian higher education are underway as the country struggles to stem the tide of talent leaving the Baltic state to work and study abroad. While most of the talk about cross-border student mobility is about the positive benefits – at least for those on the move – the ‘brain […]

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A post-crisis future for European universities!

FROM the onward march of internationalisation to the fight by academics and students against cuts to their funding, 2013 proved to be a year of rapid change for European higher education. But what does 2014 hold in store for the birthplace of universities and a continent slowly emerging from economic crisis? Here are predictions from […]

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