Sunday, 28 June 2009

London Met was 'reassured' about non-completion threat (THES)

25 June 2009, By Melanie Newman

Hefce's rules would not be applied 'literally', says a university briefing. Melanie Newman reports

Funding chiefs reassured London Metropolitan University that rules on student dropouts would not be strictly applied before ordering it to repay tens of millions of pounds for breaching them, according to an internal university report obtained by Times Higher Education.

The university is facing clawbacks of up to £36.5 million and is planning to cut 550 jobs after drastically under-reporting the number of non-completing students.

Read the rest of the article, with comments, here. Whoever is to blame for this mess - whether HEFCE, management of LMU, or a combination of both - it shouldn't be us staff and students who have to pay the price. If you do comment on this piece, remember our guide to writing to the media & commenting on websites here.

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