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A sign of the times, I fear – lecturers at the Open University have been asked to dip into their pockets and help pay their students' fees. The money will go towards students opting for the OU's "Openings" courses, designed to prepare those without the necessary qualifications for a degree or further education course – whose fees are rising from £195 to £625 next September.

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As university fees rise, how can we help would-be students assess whether their degrees will offer real employment prospects – and value for money? Gareth Dent reports

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An Ivy League degree is worth a fortune, so why is one top US college giving away a course online at no cost? And they're not the only ones, discovers Rhodri Marsden

A reject reports: 'I'm glad I didn't go to university'

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A royal welcome awaits you at institutions north of the border

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Are students getting what they pay for?

Paying higher fees means students will demand more value for money. With complaints already rising, Jonathan Brown looks at how universities are coping with being called to account

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