HE Policy Update

National Student Survey

Eighty-six per cent of the more than 300,000 final-year UK undergraduates who responded to this year’s NSS survey said that they were satisfied with their course, the same as the all-time high recorded in the 2014 and 2015 results. National Student Survey 2016: satisfaction scores stay high in £9K fee era (THE).

Mental Health

According to a YouGov survey of 1,061 students, one in three female students in the UK has a mental health problem, this is compared to a fifth of male undergraduates. One in four students suffer from mental health problems (YouGov).

Home Office Visas

The recent two-year visa pilot scheme which eases visa rules for those applying to master’s courses at the University of Bath, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Imperial College London has been criticised for focusing on the Southern English elite. Home Office visa pilot criticised for focus on southern English elite. (THE).

HESA Stats

HESA has released its ‘overview of the academic year 2014/15’ stats. The stats reveal that: 90 per cent of UK and other EU domicile leavers were in some form of employment or further study six months after leaving, UK HE providers had a total income of £33bn of which 47 per cent came from tuition fees and 45 per cent of students studied science subjects with the most popular subject area being business & administrative studies. Overview of the academic year 2014/15 (HESA).

Sutton Trust

A poll of 11-16 year-olds by the Sutton Trust suggests that a growing proportion of pupils think it’s likely they will go on to university, up from 71% in 2003 to 77% today. However, the poll also suggests that even before entering sixth form, pupils who say they are likely to go to university are worried about the £9,000 annual tuition fees and about the cost of living as a student. Most expect to go to university but worry about fees (The Guardian).