Higher education

Everyone loses when universities lower their entry requirements

24 January 2017 12:59

The UCAS deadline for the receipt of applications for university entry this coming autumn has just passed.  In terms of…

The truth about black teenagers, prison and university

15 April 2016 15:55

A few months ago, David Cameron made an incendiary claim that splashed the Sunday Times and set the news agenda for…

The idea of a university as a free space rather than a safe space is vanishing

17 March 2016 17:00

I’ve always admired the liberal Muslims in the Quilliam Foundation. It is hard to take accusations of betrayal from your…

Could Labour limit its tuition fee cap to ‘useful’ subjects?

20 January 2015 13:29

One of the really big policy areas that Labour has yet to resolve before the General Election is how it…

Don’t blame good results on grade inflation. Blame the teaching

22 April 2014 7:58

I was delighted to read that my university is apparently over-generous when it comes to awarding top degree classes. Oxford is…

Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

1 April 2014 12:03

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate…

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry:…

Should you take a degree to earn money – or to learn how to live?

5 March 2014 15:28

The motion ‘An Arts Degree is a Waste of Time and Money’ was roundly defeated at last night’s Spectator debate,…

How much does a degree improve your lifetime earnings?

18 February 2014 17:20

What do you say to an arts graduate? Hamburger and fries, please. It’s an old joke but one that still…

US universities beat the best of British: on teaching and social mobility

12 May 2013 21:10

The combined endowments of the three top US universities alone is more than Britain’s entire defence budget. Luckily the risk…

Universities are beginning to address problems of segregation on campus. Picture: Getty

It’s time for universities to address segregation on their campuses

15 April 2013 16:57

There’s an interesting battle shaping up on university campuses over Islamic societies segregating their events. Today’s Guardian highlights the most…

Not ‘the best results ever’: Good news for GCSEs

24 August 2012 13:55

For the first year since GCSE’s came in we have not seen ‘the best results ever’.  Which is, of course,…

How students are mis-sold the benefits of university

17 August 2012 8:41

What do you say to an Arts graduate? ‘Big Mac and fries, please!’ I used to laugh at that joke…

The good news in today’s university applications figures

9 August 2012 17:09

A drop of 8.8 per cent in the number of students applying for university is surprisingly small, actually, when you…

Graduates struggling to get graduate jobs

6 March 2012 19:55

Today’s ONS release will make pretty grim reading for students and recent graduates. It shows that the unemployment rate among…

The Tories desert Cable in the Commons

20 February 2012 16:59

When a Secretary of State is in trouble, it is traditional that his governmental colleagues rally to his side. But…

The depressing appointment of Les Ebdon

20 February 2012 14:37

Today brings confirmation that No.10 has not stood in the way of Vince Cable appointing Les Ebdon as the new…

The tuition fee effect, revealed

30 January 2012 15:16

The coalition’s tuition fee rise will put young people from poor backgrounds off applying to university — or so we…

The annual A-levels helter-skelter

18 August 2011 9:19

The Gap Year has been declared dead. It’s A-levels day today, and the annual scramble for university places has been…

An American view of tuition fees

2 July 2011 11:45

When I visited the US recently, I got talking to some American teenagers about university. They (like me) had just…