Students name best (and worst) universities

A year is a long time in the world of higher education. A university that has been the most expensive in the country will become one of the best in terms of value for money next year.

Women face 70-year wait for top jobs equality

It will take 70 years to achieve parity between men and women in the country's top jobs, according to a report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Two-year degree courses would ease student debt

Two-year degree courses could soon be the norm for students after the trebling of tuition fees next year, says a report published today. The new courses would cost students less without reducing the amount of teaching time they received, the independent think tank CentreForum said.

But what if you've got better grades than you expected?

So you've done better than you thought - which means you've got options

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again

Missed out on your dream course? Don't despair - you may still be able to bag a place, says Jessica Moore

Leading article: Perverse effects of higher fees

The £9,000 annual fees being introduced by many universities may change the face of higher education far more radically than has yet been envisaged. Not only could it persuade many more school-leavers, especially from poorer families, to stay at home and combine study with paid work. It could also leave some universities struggling, as students choose a more American-style route. They might, for instance, opt for a cheaper foundation course at a local college, before moving on to a better-known university to complete a degree.

Reforms will hit middle-ranking universities

A dramatic shift in higher-education provision with middle-ranking universities struggling to survive is predicted today by the head of one of the country's biggest exam boards.

Sit-in students get their way after six-month protest

Jubilant students at Glasgow University were celebrating a victory last night after one of the longest sit-ins in British history.

Call for 'sixth pillar' for EBaac

Music experts today launched a fresh appeal for the Government to revamp its flagship English Baccalaureate to include creative and cultural subjects.

There's plenty of support and advice available to freshers

For many parents, the day their child goes to university is also the first time they have left home. Under any circumstances, that can be daunting, but when it takes them away from their home town, it can seem overwhelming, particularly at the moment you drop off your son or daughter and wave goodbye.

Parents splash the cash for ultimate student pads

Barely a minute’s walk from Spitalfields market and a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station is London’s newest private student apartment block. Nido Spitalfields is a 33-storey steel and glass tower among a maze of Victorian warehouse conversions and bars.

The secrets to staying happy after your child heads off to university

Everything changes when a student leaves home - but it’s not always for the worse, says Kate Hilpern

How to help manage the costs of university life

Budgets matter but communication is vital, especially with the cost of studying going up, says Justine East

The steps to take to make everything fall into place

Our guide to Clearing will help you to pick the right institute and course for you

Study links education to millionaire numbers

Britain's ability to generate wealth will be damage by current reforms to higher eduction funding, an investment firm claims.

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