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Record numbers of students have applied to start university this autumn – the last year before rises in tuition fees could see them paying as much as £9,000 a year for their courses.

More than a third of English universities ready to charge maximum fees

Institutions intend to demand the top annual tuition charge of £9,000 despite new rules permitting this only in 'exceptional circumstances'

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Accountants offer to pay students £20,000 to help balance books

Hundreds of students will be paid £20,000 a year to study for a degree under a groundbreaking deal agreed between a top university and one of the country's largest graduate recruiters.

Pubs clear to server smaller measures

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Capital spending on science cut by 40%

Severe cuts in capital funding for the seven bodies which distribute taxpayers' money to scientists will create "particularly significant challenges", their representative council said today.

MPs criticise performance of student loans agency

The performance of the Government agency set up to deliver grants and loans to students was "completely unacceptable" in its first year and improvement since then has been "disappointing", a scathing MPs' report said today.

Thousands of students left without support

As many as 100,000 undergraduates were left with no financial support from the Student Loans Company (SLC) at the start of the autumn university term, it has emerged.

Tuition fees rise to hit those on gap years

Thousands of students planning to take a gap year in 2011 before starting university will be hit with the new regime of inflated tuition fees.

Overseas workers win visa cap concessions

Help for universities to attract the brightest overseas academics will be outlined by the Home Secretary today, as she sets out plans to cut immigration to Britain.

The Big Society, By Jesse Norman

Confused by Cameron's vision for a new society? Here's the clearest explanation yet...

Oxford targets Britain's top private schools

More than a fifth of Oxford University's "outreach" events, designed to encourage applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, were put on for pupils at independent schools over the past two years.

University challenge – the new reality

What do you need to know about the fee rises and cuts to higher education funding, and what do they mean for tomorrow's students?

Chalk Talk: The latest on league tables? You don't want to know

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