An American university has once again been crowned best in the world, so what is it US institutions have over their UK competitors – and why are British students shunning their country’s offerings and flocking overseaFor the second year running, the California Institute of Technology has trumped UK competition to take the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012-13.
At Hubbub, we meet a lot of people and talk to a lot of people about crowdfunding. We pitch to investors, education departments, student unions. And we have been explaining crowdfunding to the UK market now for over a year.
The UK’s top universities have warned they will need more public funding if they are to continue to compete with institutions around the world.
The Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge, said other nations are pumping millions of pounds into research and higher education.
Thousands of students will march through the streets of London to stand up for their future. With a government that is consistently taking students’ futures from them, it is more important than ever that your voice is heard.
Education is being compromised for a large majority of young people now and in the future with real terms cuts in schools, more privatisation for schools becoming academies, added competition from a growing population, increased day to day assessment and pay freezes and unemployment ahead for many teachers in UK schools and sixth form colleges.
Move over Dragons’ Den, there’s a new kid in town. Kickstarter is heading to the UK! For those of you that are unfamiliar with Kickstarter’s crowdfunding concept, the site enables entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, products, services and creative projects to the site’s users, in a bid to gain enough funding to make their projects a reality.
I grew curious after coming across some articles discussing the decrease in alumni participation rates among colleges and universities. I wanted to figure out what was behind this decline – not only because quite a few of our clients utilize our fundraising services and have seen the antithesis of this, but also because I am able to draw from my own experience as I graduated in 2009. So I dug a little deeper, did some research, and applied my own insight to figure out some contributing factors as to why alumni are not more engaged with their alma mater. Four of the main reasons that I’ve come across and identify with are listed below.
Charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased 8.2 percent in 2011, reaching $30.30 billion, according to results of the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. The findings were released today by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). Adjusted for inflation, giving increased 4.8 percent.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford has announced an extended fundraising goal of £3bn.
Professor Andrew Hamilton’s announcement follows the Oxford Thinking Campaign successfully surpassing its initial target of £1.25bn last March. The Vice-Chancellor was speaking at his annual Oration delivered in Convocation House.
A post by recently successful crowdfunder, Sarah Bedford of Durham University, on what she learned about crowdfunding through her own campaign with Hubbub. What can you learn from Sarah’s experience?