Students from outside the European Union make up 60 per cent of entrants to postgraduate full-time taught masters degrees. This proportion has been relatively constant for much of the past decade, but the share of students from China has grown.
In 2015, Northumbria University became one of the first UK universities to offer degree apprenticeships, launching its BSc Digital and Technology Solutions undergraduate programme.
Andy Westwood looks at some of the opportunities and challenges for universities and colleges in developing degree apprenticeships.
Almost two years ago Universities UK hosted a sector conference with the Skills Funding Agency on the first procurement round for a new part of the apprenticeships landscape, degree apprenticeships.
As a key part of a project funded by the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund, the Association of Graduate Recruiters surveyed its employer members on their current and planned degree apprenticeship offer.
Unacceptable inequality persists in the degree and employment outcomes for certain groups of students. Our new Catalyst Fund programme, ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’, will tackle these issues head-on.
National Apprenticeships Week will highlight the Government’s commitment to begin 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.
In January 2015, the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel for the Research Excellence Framework expressed disappointment that relatively little progress had been made since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise towards increasing the diversity of panel membership for 2014.
The apprenticeship agenda has presented Staffordshire University with a real opportunity to enhance employer relationships and upskill the region, and the university has responded to the challenge in a swift and dynamic way.
With the Apprenticeship Levy due to come into force in April, higher education providers have been preparing themselves to meet the anticipated increase in demand from employers.