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More coverage of the top-up fees issue in today’s Grauniad, which analyses the DfES‘s claim of a lifetime salary premium of £400,000 enjoyed by graduates (or to put it a different way, a £10,000 salary premium for each year of your forty year working life) and finds it rather wanting. Of particular note is the comment (from an academic at Essex) that “graduates only maintain their premium if they work in a field where their skills are in short supply”. Still think that the graduate premium will be £400,000 when 50% of young people end up at University?

In other news, the BBC is reporting that a Commons report is critical of UK HE for its use of short term contracts in research. Hardly a surprise, given that the Bett report said exactly the same thing, but it’s good to see that the issue is being kept in the media.

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