Great Hall, Assembly Building, Campus of the University of Leeds

Universities resort to cold calling ex-students

Nine million graduates asked for cash donations as institutions adopt aggressive US-style tactics

Universities target white pupils in light of low recruitment levels

A growing number of UK universities are targeting the recruitment of white students in the wake of evidence showing they are the least likely ethnic group to apply go on to higher education.

The amount spent by universities on bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds is set to fall

UK universities spending more on outreach and less on bursaries, report shows

Britain’s leading universities have performed a U-turn over the methods they use to attract more disadvantaged students, says a report out today.

Applicants from most minority backgrounds were less likely to receive offers from universities than their white British peers

Minorities ‘less likely to get university place’

Black and ethnic minority students face discrimination in seeking a university place, according to a study published today.

Cambridge University's Trinity College

Tompkins Table 2014: Trinity College Cambridge produces record number of firsts

Students graduating from Trinity College in Cambridge, notched up a record number of firsts this summer as their college topped the university’s league table for degree results for the fourth year in succession.

Richard Mayne in April 2014 volunteering for a children's charity in Nepal

University of Birmingham suspends two students for nine months after protest

Institution defends 'robust action' and says 900 students were affected and staff kept away from their place of work for a week

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Privatisation of student loan book to be scrapped

It was unclear last night whether the rest of the Cabinet had been made aware of the decision on student loans

Six months after finishing their degrees, nearly one in five graduates from some UK universities are still unemployed

8% of UK graduates still unemployed six months after finishing university

Almost one in five graduates from some UK universities is unemployed six months after finishing their degrees, official figures have revealed.

96 per cent of graduates said they had switched careers by the time they reached the age of 24

Half of UK graduates do not work in their field of study, survey reveals

Only half of all UK graduates are working in a field that relates to their degree after leaving university, according to new research published today.

Around 18,500 UK and EU full-time university leavers, (one in 12) were assumed to be unemployed after completing their first degree in the 2012/13 academic year

18,000 graduates still unemployed six months after leaving university

More than 18,000 graduates were unemployed six months after leaving university, while thousands more took jobs as cleaners, shelf-stackers and road sweepers, new figures have revealed.

Schools Minister David Laws said: 'We are publishing this data so people can see for themselves how different schools, colleges and local authorities perform.'

Private school pupils five times more likely to get into Oxbridge

Just one per cent of state school pupils from Portsmouth won a place at a top university

Sir Howard Newby, vice-chancellor of Liverpool University says that higher institutions should be able to set their own tuition fees

Let universities set their own tuition fees, urges Liverpool University boss

Universities should be left free to set their own charges for degree courses, according to one of the country’s leading university vice-chancellors.

This year’s final-year students have applied for an average of 7.5 jobs each

Undergraduates start the hunt for work earlier than ever before

University life used to be about fun, friends and finding yourself as well as about hard work. But those carefree student days appear to be a thing of the past after a new survey revealed that almost half of undergraduates have started job-hunting by the end of their first year.

Most students around the country are in the midst of their exams, but it seems to be the universities who need to be sure to check their work

Student news round-up: Which universities' exam questions were the worst, and what's 'Ms University's' bodybuilding secret?

Durham's exam season got off to a confusing start when a group of law students were given the wrong paper

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