Coronavirus:Update implications for the further and higher education sectors

This House of Commons library briefing paper gives an update on developments since the earlier paper, Coronavirus: Implications for the further and higher education sectors in England, 17 April 2020 and includes information on the Government support package for universities and students which was announced on 4 May 2020, online delivery of undergraduate courses in 2020/21 and the re-opening of colleges. …

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Coronavirus implications for the further and higher education sectors in England

This House of Commons library briefing paper gives a brief overview of the possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the further and higher education sectors on England. It outlines the implications for funding and recruitment of students and sets out issues of concern to students.…

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The review of university admissions

This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the university admissions system and the review of admissions practices which was announced by the Education Secretary on 5 April 2019. The Office for Students launched this review later on 27 February 2020. On 22 July 2019 Universities UK launched its own separate review of admissions. The paper focuses on the use of predicted grades for university admissions, the increase in unconditional offers by universities, contextual admissions and issues around a post qualification admissions system.…

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Higher education student numbers

Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially Nigeria and Malaysia, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.…

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Spring Budget 2020: Background briefing

This briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2020 which will take place on 11 March 2020. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.

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International and EU students in higher education in the UK FAQs

This House of Commons briefing paper answers some frequently asked questions about international and EU students in the UK. It sets out statistics in this area and outlines policy issues including the potential impact of Brexit and the net migration target on international and EU student recruitment. …

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Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20

A Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20. The Bill was given its first reading on 30 January 2020 and passed its second reading without division on 26 February 2020. Committee stage started on 10 March 2020 but was adjourned on 19 March due to the impact of Coronavirus. The Public Bill Committee is suspended until a time and date to be fixed by the Chair of the committee. …

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Support for students with mental health issues in higher education in England

This House of Commons library briefing paper sets out data on the prevalence of mental health conditions in higher education students in England and outlines the action higher education providers, the government and the Office for Students are taking to help students with mental health issues. It also flags up how students can get support..…

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