Category Archives: Education

British students ‘being driven overseas by fees hike’

Britain studentsBritain could be facing a 21st century brain drain as figures show a surge in the number of students considering studying at foreign universities.

A report from the British Council found more than a third of young adults were preparing to take courses overseas – a near doubling in just 12 months.

Figures show a “thirst for travel and adventure” and experiencing other cultures were cited as the most popular reasons for wanting to take a university or college course abroad. Continue reading

Harry Potter artwork on sale at $20,000

harry-potterHarry Potter fans will have the opportunity to bid for a piece of publishing history this week as the original illustrations for two of JK Rowling’s books will go on sale at auction.

British illustrator Cliff Wright created the ink and watercolour illustrations, which were used for the covers of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (1998) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), the second and third books in the globally bestselling series. Continue reading

Tolkien’s translation in print

JRR TolkienA translation of the Old English poem Beowulf by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is to be published for the first time, nearly nine decades after it was completed.

His estate has signed a deal with HarperCollins to release it as a book in May, accompanied by further thoughts on the text which he prepared for a series of lectures given at Oxford during his academic career.

The new work, Beowulf: A Translation and Commnetary, has been edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Continue reading

London has more top universities than any other city in the world, new league table reveals.

london-universitySix universities in the capital made it into the top 100 in The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, which are published tonight.

Experts said the list confirms London as the “undisputed centre of the world” for higher education and research.

Imperial College is the highest placed London university, at 13, followed by London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London. Continue reading

UK University applications increase by 4%

ucasFigures from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) show that 87’000 more women applied than men this year.

Mary Curnock Cook, chief of UCAS, said that this “stubborn gap’’ required urgent attention.

UCAS says that although the number of 18 year olds in the population has fallen, applications within that age group are up.

With the higher tuition fees introduced in 2012, there was a concern that fewer people would apply, and although numbers did drop that year, they have been slowly rising. Continue reading