Last week saw the launch of The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, with a key mission statement to double the proportion of care leavers attending university by 2026. Currently only 12 percent of children who were in care progress into higher education, and those who do are less likely to attend a higher tariff institution, less likely to progress on to their second year of study, and less likely to finish their degree in three years. Wonkhe has an analysis of the recommendations, which include making universities the ‘corporate parent’ of students who have experienced care and making “care leaver” a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
Advance HE has launched an independent consultation exploring the potential for a holistic approach to EDI in HE.
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It has also appointed 10 independent members to its specialist provider panel, to assess which universities and colleges are considered to be world-leading specialists in their fields of academia.
The next USS valuation ‘could come sooner’ than expected following improvements in the fund’s financial position. THE has the details.
The Home Office’s new visa scheme for graduates of the world’s top-ranked universities is facing criticism for unfairly favouring alumni from richer nations and undercutting the country’s own international student strategy.