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UK: Willetts resigns as Minister for Universities

After four years serving as minister for universities and science, David Willetts has resigned as part of a major government reshuffle. He is being replaced by Greg Clark, who takes on the Science and Universities brief in addition to his role as Minister in charge of cities and constitution at the Cabinet Office.

UK: student mobility data now visual, interactive

The British Council has launched an interactive data visualisation tool to illustrate trends in international student mobility and the UK's changing role as both a study destination and source of international students between 1996 and 2012. The tool also reveals the impact of UK policy decisions and global socio-economic events on inbound study.

UK: inquiry into effects of PSW closure

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration has launched an inquiry into the impact of the closure of the UK's Post-Study Work (PSW) route for non-EU graduates examining the effects on universities, students and local economies.The report will compare the UK to competing study destinations that offer PSW rights as well as feedback from stakeholders impacted by the change.

TNE no substitute for mobility says OBHE report

Transnational student enrolments do not dent more “traditional” international student flows, according to think tank OBHE. A report it commissioned has found that UK exports of transnational education (TNE) to top host countries has not affected international students headed to institutions in the UK. The survey assesses market activity in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

UK: QAA calls for tougher regulation of private sector

In the wake of the huge UK exam fallout from last week that resulted in the suspension of licences at 57 private colleges and three universities, Director of Quality Assurance at the Quality Assurance Agency, Stephen Jackson, has said the UK's current regulatory landscape is not robust enough to prevent against the level of fraud detected.

Mandarin, Arabic sought after by UK businesses

Foreign languages are in high demand among UK businesses, research has shown, with a particular increase in demand for employees with language skills that give businesses access to fast growing export markets, including Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. The CBI/Pearson survey uncovers that language learners wield some power in the jobs market.