Higher Education Round-Up – Autumn Statement: Implications for Higher Education, Postgraduate Careers and STEM Investment


The Impact of Education & Skills on Economic Growth in South West England

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This month: the Autumn Statement – implications for Higher Education, STEM investment and postgraduate careers. Last month: Exeter’s Supercomputer, Government’s Science & Innovation Strategy, public funding for universities and graduate retention. This month: BCC on migrant workers, a joint report from UKCES, TUC, CBI ‘Growth Through People’ on the UK skills system, strategic academic pairings, and Happy Birthday to HEInnovate!

An offer of loans of up to £10,000 to students taking taught postgraduate degrees has been greeted with enthusiasm by the education sector. The Chancellor said it would “revolutionise” access to postgraduate university courses, as the cost of postgraduate courses “deters bright students from poorer backgrounds”. The National Union of Students’ vice president, Megan Dunn, described the move as a “major step in the right direction”. “Creating a government-backed postgraduate loans scheme will make a fundamental difference to the lives and opportunities of students”, she…

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