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“£70bn student debt timebomb: Money owed will TREBLE in four years””

“Student debt will treble to a staggering £70billion in four years because ministers underestimated the number of universities charging maximum fees, an official report will say today. The scathing analysis from the Public Accounts Committee blames ministers for pushing up fees to £9,000. MPs found that, in just four years, overall student debt will increase … Continue reading

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“Teens ‘underestimate’ study debt” (from 2006!)

“Most parents and students significantly underestimate the amount of money young people will end up owing if they go to university, a survey suggests. Sixth formers expect to owe about £6,000 when they graduate from university – less than half the average of what graduates actually owe. The Association of Investment Trust Companies said it … Continue reading

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“Vauxhall re-introduce apprenticeships at Ellesmere Port”

“Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant has re-introduced its apprenticeship programme as production increases. Vauxhall had ceased its apprentice intake in 2008. The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (Semta) has warned car manufacturers faced a skills gap as existing engineers retire. The industry body said more than £1 billion has been invested in … Continue reading

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“University challenge: Fears of a generation who’ll start working life £50k in debt”

“The next generation of university students will pay a high price for their degree. The application process for courses starting in September next year opens in six weeks and many students and their families are weighing the implications of tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year. These fees, plus living expenses while at college, … Continue reading

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“Austerity in the U.K.”

“In Britain, government spending is now so high, accounting for more than half of the economy, that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish the private sector from the public. Many supposedly private companies are as dependent on government largesse as welfare recipients are, and much of the money with which the government pays them is … Continue reading

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“Vocational Degrees Bridge The Skills Gap Between Employer And Student”

“A leading private sector academic has claimed that UK students will reject traditional degrees in favour of vocational courses that better prepare them for the needs of employers. Professor Steve Lumby, Principal of LCA Business School, believes the recent fees shake-up will leave many public sector universities under huge pressure to offer a better return … Continue reading

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“Students ditch UK schools to go abroad”

“Low fees, star lecturers and good facilities are proving increasingly attractive to British students. When the next generation of bright young architecture students begins plotting its route to Arb-registration, language lessons and visa applications are increasingly likely to feature. With tuition fees about to go through the roof in Britain, US scholarships and the continent’s … Continue reading

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“Stagnation, not debt, will be real problem”

“Though it seems unlikely given the current mood in the financial markets, it may be that in 10 years’ time we will look back on the current turmoil in the eurozone as being a lot of excitement and effort being applied to solve the wrong problem. This is not to downplay the dangers of a … Continue reading

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“Japan graduate jobs hit new low”

“The percentage of Japanese university students finding jobs before graduation has dropped to a record low, according to a government report. Some 68.8% of students secured a job offer before graduation in March – a figure down 4.3% year on year. It is the first time this number has fallen below 70% since annual records … Continue reading

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“Comment: Does the UK really need more science graduates?”

” Yes, we need more science graduates. Definitely. All agreed then? Except…At the start of July, new data on what students who graduated in 2010 are doing now was released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. First, it shows us that initiative after initiative to try to get more young people into science don’t yet … Continue reading

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