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The DfE is bowling student inequality at the funding fan

The crude strategy of keeping student maintenance funding below what is needed to survive was fully confirmed yesterday in the Department for Education’s own ‘equality analysis’. Armed with the information therein, they have deliberately pressed on with a game plan…

When student hardship hits the funding fan

The crude strategy of the government appears to be one of keeping student maintenance funding below what is needed to survive and thus push families to fill the gap.  The reality is that many students put in more hours in…

Social Mobility Commission: another one bites the dust

The chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Katharine Birbalsingh, resigned at the end of last week in the latest episode of an increasingly dysfunctional organisation. She follows in the footsteps of other chairs who gave up and resigned when they…

The rise of AI for student assignments

The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in education is causing some considerable disquiet amongst educators who see it as ‘cheating’. This could be in the context of writing assignments or in taking shortcuts in assessment of the same…

Some reflections on 2022 and looking to 2023

A free TEFS calendar for 2023 can be downloaded from HERE. The biggest single event for the UK in 2022 was the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the end of the Elizabethan era and the beginning of a new Carolean…

Widening Participation OfS style

The Office for Students (OfS) ‘Consultation on a new approach to regulating equality of opportunity in English higher education’ closed at noon today. It marks an ‘upping the ante’ on universities that are already under severe pressure.  By putting the…