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Useful Websites for Higher Education

Staff and students who wish to follow the latest news on higher education matters, may find the list below useful. It provides links to a number of key media who publish in the area of HE.

Staff and students are welcome to contact the Public Affairs Officer and HE Today Co-Editor, Alex Miles with suggestions for other useful websites.

Please click on the below to expand the lists...

News sites
News from the UK's funding and research councils
Information on internal and external funding opportunities

Information on internal and external funding opportunities is available from Research Support Services' website:

UK Mission and Regional Groups
  • Guild HE
    Formal representative organisation for the UK's universities.
  • Million+
    University think-tank and membership organisation working to solve the complex problems in higher education.
  • The M5 Group (link to THE article about M5 Group)
    The M5 group, comprising the universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, is centred on sharing equipment
  • The N8 Group
    The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.
  • The Russell Group
    Representing the 20 leading UK research universities.
  • University Alliance
    Representing 24 Modern, Business-facing universities
  • Universities UK
    Formal representative organisation for the UK's universities.
  • Universities West Midlands
    Regional grouping of universities for the West Midlands
  • White Rose ConsortiumThe White Rose University Consortium (White Rose) is a strategic partnership between 3 of the UK's leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.
  • 1994 Group
    Representing the 'small and beautiful' research-focused institutions
Other UK organisations
Parliamentary Bodies and Government Departments
HE Blogs

The University is not responsible for any content or views on these sites - although we will try and keep this list up-to-date:

RSS Feeds

You can keep automatically updated with news from these sites by creating an RSS account and subscribing to RSS feeds.

The only thing that you really need for an RSS account is a reader to be able to subscribe to feeds. The reader is commonly known as a feed reader, news reader, RSS reader or RSS client. The reader lets you subscribe to any feeds you are interested in, checks for updates and displays them to you as they arrive.

There are several readers available and they come in two forms - web-based or as an installable program. The web-based clients enable you to access your feeds from wherever you are, by just logging into the website that manages your feeds. For example, web-based ones include Google Reader, Bloglines and Newsgator Online, all of which are free clients for feed reading, but there are many more out there with a lot of different features.

An installed program still allows for your feeds to be stored for you, even if you're not connected to the Internet. There are several that are totally free or at least free to try out. Two of the most popular for installing on your computer are FeedDemon or Newsgator for Microsoft Outlook and for those on a Mac with OS X, the most popular reader is NetNewsWire.

Once you have installed the news reader, all you need to do is follow these three steps:

Step 1: Click on the feed you are interested in from the list on the right of this page.
Step 2: Copy the URL that appears in the address bar of the page.
Step 3: Follow the instructions from your reader program to add the XML feed to your RSS list.

University members are welcome to contact if you have suggestions for other useful websites.