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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…

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Nottingham to remove unconditional offers after national increases

The University of Nottingham has confirmed that it will end the controversial admissions policy of unconditional offers from this September. This follows the release of statistics showing that Nottingham is the second highest provider of unconditional offers throughout Russell Group universities, with over 11 percent of offers standing as such. A spokeswoman for the university…

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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…

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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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Office for Students faces further backlash

The Office for Students (OfS) has remained swamped in controversy following criticism of its composition and objectives in the lead up to its launch this April. The watchdog is set to become the official government approved regulatory body for the higher education sector, with the objective of implementing the government’s contentious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)….