Great Video from @RealDMitchell Re: University Purpose

Think this is well put, about the need for University to be about more than being a cog in the working line:

If you’re going, and worrying about the fees – check out Martin Lewis’s guidance.

H/T to @sallyhitchener for sharing.


Students Demand Wired Campus

Increased fees = increased demands:

About 1,000 existing and prospective students and some 50 lecturers were canvassed for the Digital Campus report.

More than half the students (58 per cent) say having access to computers and the latest software is one of the most important factors when choosing an institution – more so than having well-qualified and accessible lecturers (53 per cent).

About half the students questioned (45 per cent) point to increased fees when asked to justify their desire for the latest technology, while 51 per cent say it will help them develop the “essential skills” they need for the workplace.

“Just having access to the internet, email and standard software programmes such as Word is no longer enough,” the report says.

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Fees & Tech: USA?

It appears that a combination of new technologies, and fee rises in the UK are encouraging more to look to the States:

Professor McAuliffe said that once this was taken into account, students might actually be charged “a good deal less” in the US.

She added that the admissions process was also changing with the advent of new technologies, with one of the schools at the meeting helping its students to prepare for interviews in the US using Skype.

According to the Fulbright Commission, which promotes educational exchanges between the US and the UK, traffic to its website increased 30 per cent in the wake of the decision to increase tuition fees in England to a maximum of £9,000 a year.

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