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JORS: Volume 68, Issue 11
JORS: Volume 68, Issue 11, November 2017

REF 2021
Most of the important decisions have already been taken regarding the next Research Excellence ...

Universities "mis-selling" courses
Universities could be accused of "mis-selling" courses to teenagers

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Google's AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess

Degrees in two years
Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years

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A window on the world of O.R.?
The “invisibility cloak” of science fiction is now fact, albeit with limitations. O.R. could claim to have had the power of invisibility for years, though not by desire; what we want is the opposite - a high-visibility jacket! Indeed, part of the mission of the OR Society is to help make our presence more visible. But perception involves both the observed and the observer. And all of us have open and hidden parts.

YOR18 – OR – A Twenty Twenty Vision
The 18th Young [to] OR Conference got off to a great start with the plenary session given by the President of the OR Society, Dr Geoff Royston. Antuela Tako, the chair of the organising committee, began the proceedings by telling the audience what had been planned for them and how to find out more about streams.

The Education & Research Committee
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Ruth Kaufman, Inside OR February 2013

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Posted on 24 December 2017

Education

Degrees in two years

Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years with a £5,500 saving in tuition fees, says the universities minister Jo Johnson.


Undergraduate courses will be condensed into "accelerated" degrees, with fees 20% less than a three-year course. Mr Johnson said he wants to "break the mould" of a system in which three-year degrees have "crowded out" any more flexible ways of studying. The Office for Fair Access says the plan could help to widen opportunities.


More flexible degrees
The idea of a two-year degree had been proposed earlier this year - but this latest version has moved further towards making it cheaper for students.
Students would take the same number of units and have the same amount of teaching and supervision, but degree courses would be delivered in one less year. As well as reduced tuition fees, students will save on a year's living costs and will be able to start working a year earlier - a package which Mr Johnson says could cut costs by £25,000. It would also be cheaper for the government, which would have lower tuition fee loans to fund, with this fee arrangement intended to be available from autumn 2019.
There have been previous attempts to promote two-year degrees, but Mr Johnson said the numbers currently taking them were "pitiful", with only 0.2% of students on such accelerated courses.