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Lucy Sherriff

State School Pupils Need More Help To Get Into Oxbridge, Teachers And Experts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students from state-funded schools who aspire to Oxford and Cambridge need more help with the rigorous admissions process, according to a leading inte...

Top Universities Admitting Fewer Poor Students

PA | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Top universities are becoming more exclusive, with fewer poor students admitted than a decade ago, Government advisers have warned. In a new report...

Ditch The Barbies, Kids

PA | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Children as young as seven should be encouraged to think about studying for a degree when they leave school, a university watchdog has said. Univer...

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...

A Recipe for Fair Access to Universities

John Moule | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
John Moule

No one could possibly disagree with the desire to see the best students, regardless of background, have access to the best universities. Admissions Tutors wouldn't. Independent Schools wouldn't.

Next Year's Students Will Pay £8,500 On Average In Tuition Fees

PA | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

University tuition fees are set to rise next year, with students paying just over £8,500 on average. A third of English institutions will charge t...

Spending Boost To Help Poor Students Reach University

Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Universities and colleges in England are spending more on trying to help students from low-income households and other under-represented groups gain p...

Lucy Sherriff

Is 'Fast-Tracking' Poor Students To University Fair?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are increasingly relying on fact-checking students' backgrounds in an effort to boost recruitment of bright students from disadvantaged h...

Sponsor Schools With Pupils From Poor Backgrounds, Universities Told

PA | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Universities planning to charge students up to £9,000 in fees next year should consider sponsoring academies and free schools, according to the fair ...

Lucy Sherriff

Gove: 'We Are Marching Towards Gunfire'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The department for education is "marching towards the sound of gunfire", Michael Gove told a room of MPs, journalists and public figures on Tuesday, b...

Cable On The Defensive In Commons Over Ebdon Appointment

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Vince Cable's decision to appoint Les Ebdon as the chair of the Office for Fair Acess (OFFA) has come under fire from Tory MPs in the Commons, after t...

Creative Thinking is Needed to Keep Mature Students Applying for University

Tom Sperlinger | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Sperlinger

Would you take on a £27,000 debt for a university education, even with the assurance that you would not pay anything back until you earned over £21,000? Even a more affluent middle-aged person, with children and a mortgage, might take fright at the thought of such a loan.

Students' Letter to Nick Clegg

Liam Burns | Posted 01.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Burns

The release of data from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) shows that the total being spent on bursaries by universities has dropped by a further £13.8 million (per year), which is in addition to the anticipated £55 million fall in bursaries by 2015/16 already announced in September. We do not believe that these perverse results of the government's market system were intended, but they are the reality - and unless and until steps are taken to address these issues, students will continue to regard the government, and your party, with disdain.

Fifth Of Universities To Lower Fees

PA | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost a fifth of English universities are to lower their tuition fees to below £7,500 in a bid to take advantage of extra student places, it has bee...

Universities Have Last Chance To Lower Fees As Deadline Looms

PA | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

More than two dozen universities are considering lowering their tuition fees for 2012, with eight already submitting plans to do so, it has been revea...

Universities To Increase Spending On Poorer Students, Urged To Spend Money Wisely

The Huffington Post | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.09.2011 | UK Politics

Over a third of university courses will charge £9,000 a year tuition fees, according to figures from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). After the ...