Higher education: a study in turmoil

24 Aug 17

The University of Manchester’s announcement in May that it was to make 171 staff redundant took many higher education watchers by surprise. Its reasons for the decision were strikingly diverse: “greater global competition, reductions in public funding, exchange rate fluctuations, the potential decline in student numbers and research income, new private providers, the new teaching excellence framework, the uncertainties of Brexit and further increases in costs arising from pensions and inflation”.

  • Kim Thomas

    Kim is a freelance journalist specialising in education, business and health.

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