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Challenging minds in challenging times. A broad overview of the key issues surrounding Higher EducationChris Fuller, Learn with US Coordinator and Lecturer April 2010 12Challenging minds in challenging timesApplicationsBudget cutsAdmissionsTwenty-first century undergraduates2Talk covers 6 key areas of Higher Education (HE).Applications. 34University applications

Guardian, January 14, 2010

Sunday Times, January 17, 2010

Daily Telegraph, January 8, 20105University applications1980 20%2007 44%2010 target50%% of eligible 18 30 year olds in HE


2008 09 HEFCE capped places at approximately c. 500,000 full-time undergraduate places.Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)09 10 c.200,000 rejected** Estimated figures08 09 c.150,000 rejected

10,000 full-time UG5,000 part-time UG5,000 foundation5There is considerably more competition for university places now than there was 20 years ago. This is linked to the governments decision to upskill our workforce. 20 years ago there were 3.6m unskilled or low skilled jobs, now there are approx 1.2m. By 2020 the government predicts as few as 600,000 such jobs. 6The admissions balancing act

7Domestic vs. international intakeHESA figures have reignited concerns that universities rely too heavily on international students. One in five degreesundergraduate and postgraduatewent to students who came from outside the UK.Jessica Shepperd, Guardian, January 14, 2010Universities realise that the public purse is constrained []. International students are perhaps the most obvious source of income. Les Ebden, Vice-Chancellor, University of BedfordshireSome universities are very reliant on international students, and should learn from institutions that have had their fingers burned by relying on this source of income.John Craven, Vice-Chancellor, University of PortsmouthAdmissions. 8

9The Russell GroupAn association of the 20 most RESEARCH INTENSIVE universities.

AdvantagesTaught by staff at the cutting edge of their subjectsInternational reputationGreater income and facilities due to research fundingDisadvantagesTeaching staff heavily involved in research all year roundInternational competitionGreater demand for places and highest entry grades10Competition for places (2009 10)Medicine 206 places (17 applicants per place)Law 155 places (10)Psychology 150 places (10)Physiotherapy 35 places (17)Mathematics 150 places (8)Geophysics 15 places (5)Criminology 30 places (8)Computer Science 80 places (10)

11Independent vs. State School intakeStudents in the UK7% independently schooled20% of the University of Southamptons 20,000 student intake comes from an independent school background11There are many myths about state v public admissions. The reality is that almost all universities base their admissions on the best possible grades in the most academic subjects (more on this later). While this means a disproportinate number of private schooled students get places at top institutions, this has much more to do with their grades and subject choice than anything else. In order to get into top rated institutions, students must look to stand out of a tough crowd.12

Grades are important, but are a part of a holistic process.GCSEsAS gradesNumber of re-sitsSubjects chosenA-levelsAdditional experienceAcademic referencePersonal statement12As league table positions are linked to academic performance, the quality of grades an applicant has are one of the main factors in offering places.13Widening Participation ProgrammesAccess to Southampton (A2S) This offers 19 degree programmes (including Chemistry, English, History, Nursing, Politics, Psychology and Sociology) and 12 Foundation Years (including Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Physics)Pathways to LawBM6 Medicine degreeIf you feel your son or daughter is eligible for any of these, encourage them to make use of them!14Be in receipt of an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of 20 or 30 a week

Be in the first generation of immediate family to apply to Higher Education

Have attended a secondary school which achieved less than 48% 5 A to C passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE in 2008

Only option is to attend a local University

Studies disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic life

Living or grew up in public careTwenty-first century undergraduates. 15

16EmployabilityTheTop 10in demand global graduate jobs of 2010did not existin 2007.US Department of Labor17Employability91%of our 2008 graduates were employed or undertaking further study six months after graduation.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 200817Again should be careful with stats as can be misleading e.g. students travelling, artists doing part time work waiting for exhibitions etc.

18Personal statements

18Cambridge has admissions examinations, therefore use other criteria. Select on academic grounds, then test other skills, factors etc. after.

19Personal statementsacademic80%but this can be flexible and broad20Twenty-first century graduatesThe ideal graduate is "intellectually flexible", a critical thinker and a team player; someone who could see their discipline in a wider context; someone who is, above all, employable. Source: University of Aberdeen, Curriculum Reform Consultationintellectually flexiblecritical thinkerteam playersee their discipline in a wider context21Transferable SkillsProactivityCommitmentIndependent thinkingInitiativeIT skillsDecision makingProblem solvingTime managementEnthusiasmResponse to a challengeAnalyticalResearch SkillsTeam workLeadershipCommunicationPresentingBusiness acumenNetworkingSelf-awarenessForeign languageNumeracyProblem solvingFlexibilitySummary. 22

23SummaryIncreased volume of applicants (quality vs. quantity)Picking the right institution (Russell Group vs. others)Applicants need to show intellectual flexibility and breadth as well as qualityFees and fundingPost-election cuts (universities and loans?)2011 tuition fee cap reviewUniversity remains the single best investment in ones future