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Excellent teacher training is essential. However, the new austerity and the forthcoming Education White Paper are making the teacher education sector understandably nervous.

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Richard Garner: Coalition cuts will leave universities scraping by, yet MPs may still torpedo fees proposal

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Aaron Porter, the new president of the National Union of Students, has just notched up a redoubtable coup. He became the first president of the NUS for more than 40 years to be invited into the inner sanctum of Universities UK, the body that represents vice-chancellors, to talk at their conference.

Would Vince Cable's 'graduate tax' be a fairer way for students to contribute to the cost of their degrees?

Vince Cable is a much-loved politician because he tells it like it is, he seems to know what he is talking about and he doesn't pander to people. Youngsters like him because he has a cool name that brings to mind an action movie star; oldies are keen because, well, because he's one of them.

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Steve Smith: 'Why shouldn't we raise fees?'

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For this year's students, the financial lessons are only just beginning

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Is it time for radical solutions when it comes to getting poorer students into top universities?

Andrew Seaton, 22, is one of a rare breed – an ambitious student from a deprived background, with four grade As at A-level, who has just completed his first year at Oxford University.

Clearing might be a harrowing process but don't give up on a degree

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University challenge: Does a two-year degree make more economic sense?

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