Ban on foreign students at UK university sparks protests

THE Vice Chancellor of the London University banned from enrolling foreign students from outside the EU has claimed the decision will have a “profound impact” on international confidence in the entire British higher education sector: London Met banned from enrolling overseas students After days of uncertainty, the UK Border Agency confirmed on 29 August that […]

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Fees up, grades down and a waiting game

Many eyes are watching the British experiment of transferring the main cost of going to university from the State to the student going? So, how is it going a week after the ‘A’ level results were announced?  Nic Mitchell investigates. Well, it is only a few days since the release of ‘A’ level results on […]

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Heavy weight issues under the spotlight at EUPRIO 2012

There are some really heavy weight issues to be discussed at this year’s annual conference of the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers association (EUPRIO) in Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 6-8, 2012. “Under the theme of ‘The social contract between universities and society’ we will be looking at how European universities should use communications […]

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A very special family

After being a member of EUPRIO for 22 years, NIC MITCHELL is looking forward to his 21st conference in Gothenburg this September. Here, he reflects on the value of being part of this special family of higher education communicators which he first joined on the hills of Tuscany, pictured. My baptism into the EUPRIO family […]

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Immigration controls versus international student recruitment

Former EUPRIO UK Steering Committee member Nic Mitchell joined the panel for The Guardian’s online live chat on the future of international student mobility with experts from within and outside Europe. Here are some of the key issues raised in a fast and furious debate. PHOTO: Mobility in action, students from England,  Germany, Portugal, Italy and Sweden […]

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Student mobility on the agenda

Nic Mitchell reports on moves by Ministers to encourage greater student mobility to strengthen the European Higher Education Area. Student mobility was high on the agenda at the 2012 Bologna Process Ministerial Conference held in Bucharest at the end of April. Held every three years, these ‘summits’ are designed to focus attention on creating a […]

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Fees up, Applications down and a row about an Access Czar!

Nic Mitchell turns to Lewis Carroll’s Alice-in-Wonderland to make sense of UK higher education policy. I’m getting asked more and more by my friends and colleagues in mainland Europe: What’s going on in British higher education? It is a fair question and one that we keep asking ourselves! And just when we think we understand, […]

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Andrea’s first blog…

by Andrea Costa I know what you think. “Another university blog?”, soon followed by “And where do I find the time for reading it?” Well, you would be right of course. But as far as we know there is no other blog in Europe specifically dedicated to university communication, and if there has to be […]

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