Labour has started a welcome debate on higher education funding

You are right to highlight how our universities are under threat from Brexit, creeping privatisation and the government’s dogged determination to reduce net migration (Editorial, 30 May). Higher education makes an invaluable contribution to our economy and society, and has a crucial role to play in developing the highly skilled workforce upon which future growth depends. By its very nature, higher education is international, and the exchange of knowledge across borders is critical to its success. If we are to preserve our global reputation for excellence, our institutions must be…

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Schools funding: Malcolm Turnbull dubs new $19b education policy Gonski 2.0

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared he will “bring the school funding wars to an end” in a stunning policy turnaround that will see the federal government pump an extra $19 billion into schools over the next decade. At a surprise press conference flanked by businessman David Gonski, who conducted a landmark review of school funding for the Gillard government, Mr Turnbull said he would succeed where Labor failed by delivering a genuine needs-based funding model. Mr Gonski will conduct a new review for the government – dubbed “Gonski 2.0” by…

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UK: gov to underwrite EU research funding

In a statement of reassurance from the UK’s chancellor, Philip Hammond, universities and businesses were told they will “have certainty” over future funding and should continue to bid while the UK remains a member of the EU. For initiatives where the UK organisation bids directly to the European Commission for EU funding, such as Horizon 2020 research funding, the treasury will “underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU”. “It’s business as usual for Horizon 2020 projects” Hammond said that the UK will…

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2016 funding for Italy’s PON scheme still unconfirmed

ELT providers in the UK are waiting anxiously to find out if funding for Italy’s PON scheme, which provides group scholarships for language study abroad in Europe, will be released this year. This, along with the programme’s challenges and opportunities, was a hot topic of discussion among providers in London this week. Jimmy Hordon, Target English International, outlined some of the opportunities and challenges of the PON scheme. Photo: The PIE News. Beckie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Japanese, during which she lived in Kyoto…

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