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Disadvantaged students at top universities

Top universities in England have been told to significantly increase their places for disadvantaged students. The Office for Students has stated that they want the “access gap” between poorer and wealthier students to be split in half by 2025. Whilst the number of students in the country has increased, the proportion of disadvantaged students at…

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Bursaries for new students cut by up to £500

Bursaries will be reduced by as much as £500 for next year’s cohort, despite the continuing rise in student living costs such as accommodation and food. Care leavers and students with household incomes of less than £16,000 will be hit the hardest, with £500 reductions of £3,000 to£2,500 and £1,800 to £1,300 respectively. Students with household…


Decolonising the curriculum isn’t extreme

A report on ethnicity challenges in university by the Office for Students published this month has questioned the ways we ‘draw on ‘non-western’ and non-white forms of knowledge in our teaching’. It asks, ‘in what ways can we revise our curricula to ensure we offer ‘decolonised’ approaches to our teaching and assessments?’ Finally it addresses…


Hate crime prevention grant for 11 universities

The Office for Students (OfS) has announced eleven universities in England will receive £480,000 of funding to tackle religious-based hate crime and harassment among the student population. The money will be used to fund projects that provide training, raise awareness and develop new approaches to the prevention of religious-based harassment. OfS Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge…


Office for Students defends status after damning report

Sam Gyimah has refuted claims that the government’s new higher education regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), had its reputation damaged by the controversial appointment of ex-journalist Toby Young earlier this year. The university minister’s comments follow a report published by Peter Ridell, the commissioner for public appointments, on Wednesday 28 February. The report, which…

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