Schools linking up with universities

So, all secondary schools are going to be partnered with a university. This is according to a report on the BBC News website.

John Denham, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, is going to announce this in order to promote Higher Education to pupils from low-income families.

There don’t appear to be a huge number of details right now. In fact, despite searching around most websites this morning, I have only seen the news on the BBC website and it’s hardly forthcoming.

Even John Denham’s departmental website is lacking in a press release for this, as far as I can tell (time of writing, 0830 on October 10).

So what’s going on? When is all this going to be announced for real?

I’m definitely interested and so should you be, even if you are currently installed at uni. It begs so many questions, such as:

  • How will the schools be linked up?
  • What difference will it make?
  • Will there be more or less onus on the university you’re at?
  • Will there be more or less funding for your university?
  • Will this change the face of uni living, or go relatively unnoticed?
  • How many schools can each university get linked up with?
  • Who will be responsible for the linking?
  • How will the linking work and take place?
  • Can links change once they have been made?
  • Will some unis get no linkage, while more popular unis get bombarded by schools?
  • Would the more popular unis be able to boast their number of links as a positive thing?

This news has the potential to change Higher Education rather a lot, which is why I’d love to hear more news and why I’m asking so many questions.

I will provide more links when I find them and when they’re available. Do you have any further news on it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you do!

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