Britain

Massive Cut in Britain

Government plans 40% reduction for higher education over four years, with only some science and technology teaching programs spared.

The New British Tuition

New system would let universities charge almost three times current levels.

British Rebellion Over Cuts

Waving placards with slogans including "Where’s your (arts and) humanity?" "Knowledge: £9,000 per annum," and "Students are broke: the system is broken," demonstrators marched from Whitehall, through Westminster and along Millbank.

The protest, which took place under the banner "Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts," rang out with the chant: "No ifs, no buts, no education cuts."

It was organized by the University and College Union and the National Union of Students, with estimates of the number of participants varying from 25,000 to over 50,000.

Call for 'Consumer Revolution' in Britain

British students plan to launch a "consumer revolution" against a sector they see as unprepared for the consequences of marketization and high fees. The National Union of Students has demanded that sector-owned quasi-government entities be replaced by tough new regulators with the power to protect students from "collusion" on fee levels and to impose "genuine penalties" for malpractice and maladministration.

British Tuition Increases Win Key Vote

House of Commons approves plan -- as students protest outside and divisions are exposed in governing coalition.

Tuition Fallout in Britain

Government may be forced to regulate if too many institutions charge maximum.

British Cuts Become Clear

Even before the controversial tuition increases are instituted, universities will see sharp drops in government support.

Divide in Britain's Faculty Union

A battle for control of Britain's faculty union, the University and College Union, is under way, as a powerful leftist group plans a leadership challenge following a split over support for student protests.

The turmoil within the organization, which represents about 120,000 higher education staff, is evident in threats of strike action by the union's own staff, while Sally Hunt, general secretary, has said that union strategy is being directed by "bodies outside UCU."

Britain Considers Expansion in Online Learning

Government panel sees potential to become larger player in the international market and in the local market.

New Level of Collaboration in Britain

Two research universities will share some academic appointments, degree programs and overseas ventures.

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