Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow Universities Minister

Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne floats university-business partnerships

Labour is promoting plans for new "technical universities", offering earn-while-you-learn degrees in technical subjects vital to the future of the UK economy.

A student walks through St John's College on March 13, 2012 in Cambridge, England.

Oxbridge could charge £16,000 in tuition fees under new Government plans

Oxford and Cambridge argue that current tuition fees do not cover costs, according to MP David Willets

Emily-Rose Eastop has since accepted assistance from over 200 financial backers, several of whom are leading scientists, such as Douglas Hofstadter and Stephen Pinker

Oxford student aiming to crowdfund her master's degree hits back at critics for calling her a 'posh brat'

Emily-Rose Eastop was accepted on an MSc course but had been unable to find the £26,000 needed for her degree

Enrol model: Kayla Human is one of 33 students heading to California in September

Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning

Chalk Talk: How not to slip up during university applications

If you are applying for a place at Oxford or Cambridge and the interviewer says: "Tell me about a banana," you might feel a burning desire to reply, in John McEnroe-esque terms: "You cannot be serious!" But you should keep a straight face and answer the question, according to a new guide.

The University of Leicester's vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

Richard III isn't the only discovery at the University of Leicester, its vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education. As he prepares to retire, Lucy Hodges talks to colleagues about his legacy and his ongoing campaign to modernise degree classifications

The University of Leicester's vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

Richard III isn't the only discovery at the University of Leicester, its vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education. As he prepares to retire, Lucy Hodges talks to colleagues about his legacy and his ongoing campaign to modernise degree classifications
Can he fix it? Bob Burgess aka ‘Bob The Builder’ wants to modernise degree marks

Richard III isn't the only discovery at the University of Leicester - its vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

As he prepares to retire, Lucy Hodges talks to colleagues about his legacy and his ongoing campaign to modernise degree classifications
Miley Cyrus performs onstage during her 'Bangerz' tour

Miley Cyrus studies? Not the gimmick it might sound

The pop star’s work may not be high art, but the US professor behind a new Cyrus syllabus believes it is a gateway to the analysis of race, class and gender

A survey of 100 black staff and students at UK universities shows that 73 per cent believe their institution has a “poor” or “very poor” attitude to racial equality. Posed by model

More than half of BME university lecturers and staff have suffered racial abuse at work

More than half of black and ethnic minority lecturers and staff believe they have suffered racial discrimination at university, according to new research.

International students do not have the same entitlement to loans as their UK counterparts

Tuition fee hike blamed as international students at UK universities fall by a quarter

The first decline in the number of international students at English universities for almost three decades is revealed in research published today.

Speaker John Bercow named chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has been named the new chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire.

Robin Lane Fox has been blasted for his 'misogynistic' comment

Oxford don criticised for claiming women's dresses should look like a 'stormable fortress'

Robin Lane Fox made the remark in a gardening column for the Financial Times

The philosopher AC Grayling, pictured here in 2012 when first setting up New College, has said his elite 'alternative' university will ignore candidates' A-level results

Elite ‘Oxbridge alternative’ university to stop basing admissions on A-level results due to concerns over standards

London-based New College of the Humanities to make offers based on interviews and earlier exam scores

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