Tuition fees give England universities surplus worth £1.8bn

First full cohort paying £9,000 fee bolsters balances while Open University has £7m deficit due to fewer part-time students The University of Oxford had a larger surplus than Scotland’s entire university sector. Photograph: Alamy Universities in England accrued record operating surpluses worth nearly £1.8bn last year, as their bank balances were filled by the first full cohort of students paying the £9,000 tuition fee. The rise in university income in England outstripped those of their counterparts in other parts of the UK, with the University of Oxford boasting a larger…

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Canadian government makes tuition fees virtually free for poorer students

Canada has announced education will be virtually free for cash-strapped students but wealthier ones will still have to cough up. In the most radical shift in decades, the government unveiled a package of new measures designed to make college and university education more accessible to low-income families in Ontario. Setting the government budget on February 25, the Ontario Student Grant replaces the current system of tuition tax credits and educations credits. The move is estimated to save $145 million next year, which will go towards funding the plans. But despite…

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Stoke offers to pay tuition fees in maths drive

Stoke-on-Trent is trying to radically improve maths standards in its schools, including by helping to pay off the tuition fees of maths teachers who come to work in the city. The maths project is aimed at improving the chances for young people growing up in a city where many traditional industries have declined. Local MP Tristram Hunt is working with local schools, council and employers. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw will launch the scheme on Wednesday. The £1m maths project, a form of educational urban regeneration, is aimed at attracting…

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South Africa’s president backs down from raising university tuition

President Jacob Zuma has reversed his decision to raise tuition fees in 2016 amid major student protests that have swept across the country in opposition to a proposed 11.5 percent hike.   Protests, which are being called the biggest since the end of apartheid, have taken South Africa by storm this week as students have made their voices loud and clear to oppose the government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by as much as 11.5 percent next year. Tensions at many demonstrations have boiled over as students clashed with…

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