David Willetts

Students Will Still Be Paying Back Tuition Fee Loans In Their 50s, Study Warns

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The vast majority of students will still be paying back university tuition fee loans when they are in their early 50s, and many will never repay their...

45% Of Student Loans Will Never Be Paid Back, Risks Tuition Fee Gains

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A Government prediction that around 45% of student loans will never be paid back has raised concerns about the benefits of raising tuition fees. Th...

Do Migrants See The UK As 'Closed For Business'?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Growing concerns that migrants see the UK as "closed for business" could be confirmed by official migration figures set to the be released on Monday. ...

Is Privatisation Really the Answer?

Nash Riggins | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

The Student Loans Company has always been an enigmatic public burden - a costly but necessary evil that allows Britain to foster young talent and train the leaders of tomorrow. In turn, these government-funded loans go on to perpetuate a forward-thinking attitude that willingly takes on the risk of investing in people rather than a plethora of tangible, short-term cash cows. Well, apparently the government has decided investing in people is no longer worth the risk...

Student Loans Sold To Debt Collection Agency

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

After student protests across the country, on Monday the Government will sell off £900 million of student loans to a private debt collection agency, ...

Selling Off the Loan Book Would Be the Government's Most Outrageous Attack on Students, So Why Aren't the NUS More Concerned?

James Elliott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Elliott

What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where could the coalition sink to next?

Next Blow to Education: Privatisation of the Student Loan Book

Jamie England | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

In June this year, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed that the government would be privatising the student loan book as part of a greater flogging of state assets in order to raise £15 billion.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Sixty Two Billion Reasons To Stay In The EU

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 4 November 2013... 1) SIXTY TWO BILLION REASONS TO STAY IN THE EU Is the pro-EU campaign in the UK do...

Let Engineers And Scientists IN, Says James Dyson

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

James Dyson has lambasted Britain’s undervaluing of engineers and scientists, citing the UK's looming energy crisis as a “consequence” of a skil...

Invest in Engineers Now to Power Our Future

James Dyson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Dyson

The government this week signed an agreement which means our looming energy crisis will be solved by nuclear power stations built by the French and owned, in part, by the Chinese. This demonstrates the impact of Britain's skills shortage and our lack of ambition. To top it all, they have warned us that the dearth of hi-tech engineering skills in our economy may hold them back. The skills shortage is not a problem confined to the crucially important energy sector, it's systemic. We need more engineers and scientists.

Universities Need To Teach More, Research Less, Urges Willetts

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities should spend more time teaching students rather than focusing on research, universities minister David Willetts has urged. With some s...

Tomorrow's Manufacturing, Mission to China

David Willetts | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
David Willetts

The UK is home to some of the most innovative small and medium sized enterprises in the world. We have a wonderful research and knowledge base and are striving to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. This is crucial for us to stay ahead in the global race.

Would You Choose A University Because They Offered You Cash?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are offering iPads, laptops and even cash to lure students in a bid to fill courses after government reforms meant many are struggling to...

WATCH: David Willetts Says University Can Transform Your Life..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities minister David Willetts says students should go to university... no surprises there. What IS of interest, however, is him revealing what ...

For-Profit College Granted University Title

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A second for-profit institution has been granted a university title, in a move which has raised "serious concerns" among higher education experts. ...

Lucy Sherriff

Government Wants More International Students..

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

International students coming to the UK have been caught up in a "horrible numbers game," Vince Cable has admitted. He made the comment as a new dr...

Why Congratulatory Letters From the Office of Willetts Will Only Fuel Our Misconceptions of What Achievement Is

Atlanta Plowden | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Atlanta Plowden

What this proposal really shows is that the matter of achievement is associated only with the acquirement of the higher grades and not when a student is awarded with a grade that corresponds with their potential and effort.

Hyperinflation Education

Freya Bromley | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Youth unemployment is a tragic reality whatever the circumstance, but there is something especially unsavoury about young people who have been sold on the graduate life ideal, only to end up without a job and in debt. The mismarketing of higher education is one of the least commented-upon scandals of our time.

Letters of GCSE Praise for Poorer students Are Too Little, Too Late

Alice Rigby | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Many commentators have observed that the proposals seem at best an impractical use of resources and at worst deeply patronising. The complications of implementing the policy seem to make it a difficult one to advocate; is a child defined as poor if they attend a poor school or come from a poor family?

Lucy Sherriff

Proactive Or Patronising?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Poorer students who achieve top marks in their GCSE exams will receive a "well done" letter from ministers, it has been revealed, prompting accusation...

Do Online Learners Miss Out on the Campus Student Experience

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Traditionalists suggest that these factors plus academic stimulation is what going to a UK university is all about. While online learning establishments may be able to assure academic quality, how can that 'experience' side of things ever be replicated in the same way?

The Importance of Science and Engineering Education to Our Society Is Ever-Growing

David Willetts | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
David Willetts

It may not be a new message but it is one of ever-growing importance - scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. Their knowledge and skills are in high demand across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services and everything in between.

Go Back To Uni, Minister Tells The Over 60s

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Pensioners should take out a loan and go back to university so they can keep up in the jobs market, the government says. Ministers believe the skil...

White Working-Class Boys 'Should Be Treated Like Ethnic Minorities'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

White, working-class teenage boys should be categorised alongside ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged communities when universities look to...

The Generation Frame

Bobby Duffy | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Politics
Bobby Duffy

But we also have a balance between generations, with four roughly equally sized and culturally quite distinct adult cohorts co-existing - those born pre-1945, baby boomers, gen x and gen y. It's easy to miss this when we discuss our national demographic profile, because we tend to focus on how the population is ageing.