Sign Out
Logged In:
 
 
 
 
 
Tab Image

Latest News

Students seek postgraduate study to shelter from Brexit
Sharp falls in the proportion of final-year university students applying for jobs

Rubik’s cube is officially hard
Rubik’s cube is officially hard. It’s not you – solving a Rubik’s cube quickly is officially ha...

Subs held constant
The OR Society Board has decided not to increase fees

How past societies responded to climate change
New research uses agent-based simulation to learn how past societies responded to climate chang...

Models that can predict and influence the behaviour of social groups
Algorithms and mathematical models that can predict and influence the behaviour of social group...

More

Tab Image

Features

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
- Roles and Responsibilities: Brian Dangerfield (Liaison with ESRC)
Ruth Kaufman, Inside OR February 2013

Tab Image

Posted on 06 May 2017

Education

Annual increases to tuition fees until 2020

Almost all universities in England will be able to introduce annual increases to tuition fees until 2020, in a deal pushing legislation through Parliament before the general election.


The higher education legislation had been intended to make higher fees dependent on improved teaching. But this will now not be implemented until 2020-21 - and until then universities can make inflation-linked increases without any link to quality. Fees will increase to £9,250 this year.
Student loans to pay for the higher fees are already going to be subject to a sharp increase in interest rates - rising from 4.6% to 6.1% from the autumn.
The Higher Education and Research Bill had faced a large number of amendments in the House of Lords, but a series of compromises has seen the legislation passed by Parliament before shutting down for the election. The legislation had been intended to allow universities to increase fees as long as they could show they were offering high quality teaching. A framework for measuring teaching quality is to be introduced, but the link with fees will not come into force for another three years. Until that time, any university that is part of the plans to measure teaching quality - which is almost all universities - will be able to put up fees each year in line with inflation.
An independent review of this "teaching excellence framework" will begin in 2018 - with the aim of annual increases becoming dependent on teaching quality from 2020-21.