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  • Farewell, Ucas personal statements: I won’t miss your hackneyed, cliche-ridden prose | Max Fletcher July 20, 2024
    These hated essays are going to be scrapped. It’s good news for those who can’t afford private tutors – and for those who had to read themEvery autumn, as the fruit fills with ripeness to the core and the small gnats mourn among the river sallows, my inbox fills with requests for help from parents […]
    Max Fletcher
  • Ucas plans to drop personal statements for UK university applicants July 18, 2024
    Social mobility experts welcome change in which students will instead be asked to answer three questionsThe years of sixth formers and their families agonising over personal statements for their university application forms will soon be a thing of the past, after the UK’s university admissions service announced they are to be dropped.Instead of a statement […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Academic journals are a lucrative scam – and we’re determined to change that | Arash Abizadeh July 16, 2024
    Giant publishers are bleeding universities dry, with profit margins that rival Google’s. So we decided to start our ownArash Abizadeh is a philosopher and the Angus professor of political science at McGill University, CanadaIf you’ve ever read an academic article, the chances are that you were unwittingly paying tribute to a vast profit-generating machine that […]
    Arash Abizadeh
  • We are public sector workers – this is how more cuts would wreck our NHS, courts, councils and universities | The panel July 16, 2024
    After years of austerity, the government’s plans imply another reduction in funding that public services simply cannot takeThe Resolution Foundation has estimated that Labour’s spending plans commit the party to around £18bn of annual budget cuts over the next parliament. As they stand, these would affect “unprotected” areas of government such as the Department for […]
    Emma Vincent Miller, Catherine Fletcher, Minesh Parekh, Rachel Clarke and Anonymous
  • UK universities need rescue package to stop ‘domino effect’ of going under July 13, 2024
    Experts say the next head of the Office for Students must oversee a programme that will protect higher educationThe new head of the Office for Students (OfS) will have to oversee rescue plans to avoid a “domino effect” with a number of universities going under, experts have warned.The new government’s Department for Education (DfE) announced […]
    Anna Fazackerley