Thinktank sounds warning for BIS’ post-election budget | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 7 November 2013
IFS: places, grants or remaining direct funding will have to be cut. Universities and their students face cuts to remaining direct funding, maintenance grants or places after the next election, according to a report that maps out the consequences of the current trajectory of government austerity.
Obama’s Lofty Goals on College Costs Face Long Odds | Kelly Field | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 6 September 2013
In the end, the president can’t remake higher education on his own, despite the sweep of proposals he unveiled last week in appearances at Binghamton U. (pictured) and two other campuses. He can only shine a light on its problems, and exhort states and colleges to step up and do more.
Medical transfusion won’t save BIS from further bleeding | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 20 June 2013
Cuts to widening participation funds anticipated to meet spending review targets
Labor tosses sector a few sweeteners | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 15 May, 2013
THE federal government has funded an additional 1650 postgraduate and enabling places in the budget despite a discussion paper on ways to address the irrationality of the current postgraduate funding system. The postgraduate places will be targeted at teaching, nursing and Asian languages.
ELQ loans could turn part-time rhetoric into reality | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 21 March 2013 |
Ministers advised to reverse ban on second degree funding. Ministers should reverse the ban on graduates accessing student loans to sit second degrees if they are to halt a “worrying decline” in the number of part-time students.
Hefce warning: Whitehall, we have some problems | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 14 March 2013
‘Unpredictable outcomes’ of reform require ‘immediate attention”. Problems requiring “immediate attention” are emerging under the new fees and funding system, including a “dramatic decline” in the number of part-time entrants that could potentially reduce access for poorer students, England’s funding council has warned.
Hungry Treasury eyes universities ‘awash with cash’ | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 7 March 2013
Further austerity measures could wreak havoc with BIS’ stretched finances. Fears are growing that England’s universities could suffer from the perception that they are “awash with cash”, as the Treasury seeks cuts of £1 billion in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2015-16 budget.
NSF Raises Alarm Over Falling State Support for Research Universities | Paul Basken | Chronicle of Higher Education | 05 October, 2012
A report by the science foundation’s board depicts the cutbacks as a threat to the country’s long-term economic health.
Big sigh of relief as Treasurer spares the axe in budget | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 09 May, 2012
LABOR has delivered a higher education budget that runs counter to expectations. Instead of cuts to research and dollars shaved from a variety of programs, indexation and a small increase for equity and maths and science promotion have seen universities emerge unscathed.There was some shuffling of the deckchairs in equity funding as enabling programs received a $41.6 million increase that will see the rate per student grow from the current level of $1800 to $3000 from 2014.