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Challenging minds in challenging times. A broad overview of the key issues surrounding Higher Education Chris Fuller, Learn with US Coordinator and Lecturer April 2010
2 Challenging minds in challenging times Applications Budget cuts Admissions Twenty-first century undergraduates
7 Domestic vs. international intake ‘HESA figures have reignited concerns that universities rely too heavily on international students. One in five degrees– undergraduate and postgraduate–went to students who came from outside the UK.’ Jessica Shepperd, Guardian, January 14, 2010 ‘Universities realise that the public purse is constrained […]. International students are perhaps the most obvious source of income.’ Les Ebden, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire ‘Some universities are very reliant on international students, and should learn from institutions that have had their fingers burned by relying on this source of income.’ John Craven, Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth
9 The Russell Group An association of the 20 most RESEARCH INTENSIVE universities. Advantages Taught by staff at the cutting edge of their subjects International reputation Greater income and facilities due to research funding Disadvantages Teaching staff heavily involved in research all year round International competition Greater demand for places and highest entry grades
11 Independent vs. State School intake Students in the UK 7% independently schooled 20% of the University of Southampton’s 20,000 student intake comes from an independent school background
12 Grades are important, but are a part of a holistic process. GCSEs AS grades Number of re-sits Subjects chosen A-levels Additional experience Academic reference Personal statement
13 Widening Participation Programmes Access to Southampton (A2S) This offers 19 degree programmes (including Chemistry, English, History, Nursing, Politics, Psychology and Sociology) and 12 Foundation Years (including Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Physics) Pathways to Law BM6 Medicine degree If you feel your son or daughter is eligible for any of these, encourage them to make use of them!
14 Be in receipt of an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £20 or £30 a week Be in the first generation of immediate family to apply to Higher Education Have attended a secondary school which achieved less than 48% 5 A to C passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE in 2008 Only option is to attend a local University Studies disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic life Living or grew up in public care
19 Personal statements academic… 80 % …but this can be flexible and broad
20 Twenty-first century graduates The ideal graduate is "intellectually flexible", a critical thinker and a team player; someone who could see their discipline in a wider context; someone who is, above all, employable. Source: University of Aberdeen, Curriculum Reform Consultation intellectually flexiblecritical thinker team playersee their discipline in a wider context
21 Transferable Skills Proactivity Commitment Independent thinking Initiative IT skills Decision making Problem solving Time management Enthusiasm Response to a challenge Analytical Research Skills Team workLeadershipCommunication Presenting Business acumen Networking Self-awarenessForeign language NumeracyProblem solving Flexibility
23 Summary Increased volume of applicants (quality vs. quantity) Picking the right institution (Russell Group vs. others) Applicants need to show intellectual flexibility and breadth as well as quality Fees and funding -Post-election cuts (universities and loans?) -2011 tuition fee cap review University remains the single best investment in ones future
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