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Happy Xmas! (Higher Ed Is Over)

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From the Times (UK) this morning:

Universities will have to make severe cuts after Lord Mandelson abruptly slashed teaching budgets by millions of pounds yesterday.

Departments are expected to close, degree courses will be scrapped and students will have to pay higher fees.


The Business Secretary said that universities should move from the three-year, full-time undergraduate degree model towards a “wider variety of provision”, such as foundation and fast-track degrees. They will be encouraged to focus more on the skills and knowledge demanded by employers rather than on academia for its own sake. Those that disobeyed the Government by taking on too many students this autumn will be penalised in next year’s grants at a rate of £3,700 per extra full-time student.

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December 23, 2009 at 11:45 am

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