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New analysis shows big boost in numbers of women enrolling on AI and data science courses

New findings from an external evaluation of artificial intelligence (#AI) and data science postgraduate "Join Your AI Future" conversion courses funded by the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents), shows a high proportion of enrolments from women, black and disabled students.  

The Office for Students has published its annual report and accounts for 2020-21

The @OfficeStudents has published its annual report and accounts for 2020-21.

New analysis by OFS explores local variations in graduate opportunities

A new report released by @officestudents:  A geography of employment and earnings, presents a method for grouping areas based on measures of local graduate opportunity. The new measure, published today, contextualises how graduate opportunities are spread across the country, capturing differences in earnings and employment status by local area. For example, it shows that: in England, areas with highest concentration of well-paid graduates (those earning over £23,000) are London, Reading, Slough and Heathrow – where 70 per cent of graduates earn over £23,000 or are in further study three years after graduation areas with the lowest earnings – where 52 per cent of graduates earn over £23,000 or are in high-level study – are mainly in the Midlands, and North and South-West England, with coastal towns facing particular challenges. The new measure can also be used for comparing outcomes across different student groups, where overall earnings data can often obscure wider regional gaps. For example, while black graduates are significantly more likely to live in areas with more highly paid job opportunities, they remain less likely to enter well-paid employment compared to white graduates. Analysis shows that:

Chris Millward to end fair access role in December

Chris Millward’s four-year term of office as the first director for fair access and participation at the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents) will end in December 2021, the OfS has confirmed today.

OfS sets out approach to calculating monetary penalties

Monetary penalties are one of a range of formal sanctions the OfS can use when it finds that a higher education provider has breached one or more of the OfS’s conditions of registration.

Surge of mature applicants sparks calls for additional support

Surge of mature applicants sparks calls for additional support says @officestudents  Universities and colleges have a “golden opportunity” to help a new generation of adult learners upskill, with strong increases in the number of mature applicants applying to study full-time, the Office for Students (OfS) says today.  

OfS programme boosts outreach to underrepresented students

Uni Connect – designed to reduce barriers for students progressing into higher education – brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to offer activities, advice and information on the benefits and realities of going to university or college. A review by CFE Research, published today, summarises the impact evidence from partnerships’ evaluation of a range of outreach activities. This area of Uni Connect’s evaluation is developing an evidence base for ‘what works’ in higher education outreach. It notes that based on evidence from April 2019 onwards:

New measure shows substantial differences in likely job and study outcomes for students

A new measure, published today by the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents), projects new students’ likelihood of finding professional level employment or embarking on further study in the year after they graduate. The measure reveals substantial differences between individual universities and other higher education providers, in different subjects, and in different subjects at individual universities.

Teaching grant budget for 2020-21 set out

The grant available totals £1,479 million which represents a reduction in funding of 0.5 per cent since 2019-20 in cash terms. As part of this year's funding there are some areas where additional provision is needed – primarily to reflect increases in intakes to pre-registration medical degrees and the continuing effects of the transfer of funding responsibility for pre-registration courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. This means the underlying cut in recurrent funding is greater – at around £70 million (5 per cent) in cash terms, although this should be viewed alongside an increase in capital funding of £50 million.

Lord Wharton sets out his priorities as new chair of the Office for Students

Lord Wharton, the new chair of the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents), will set out his priorities for the role in a @UniversitiesUK speech to university leaders today (14 May).

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