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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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‘Reward scientists who can communicate with the public’

A German think tank is recommending rewarding scientists who are good at engaging with the public, writes NIC MITCHELL. Scientists who engage with the public deserve not just support and appreciation, but also “remuneration and incentives,” says a position paper from the Siggen Circle. The paper entitled, The Siggen Call for Action – Shaping science […]

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EU exit would damage British universities

Universities have warned that a British exit from the European Union would be “potentially disastrous” for higher education and the wider research community, as I reported for University World News. Without membership of the politico-economic union of 28 member states, Britain would not just lose access to billions of euros worth of research grants, but […]

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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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