Why the CDBU needs to be unrealistic

Guest post by Michael Wayne (Brunel University) CDBU welcomes a diversity of views. If you would like to contribute to the conversation contact us. The CDBU’s first meeting for the general membership was generally very heartening. It was titled ‘After The Election’...

CDBU is inclusive

CDBU works to defend all British universities. We have members and supporters from every part of the sector and beyond: from professors to undergraduates; from Oxbridge to the Million+ group; from departments of Art History to Neurobiology. We’re also backed by people...

Why universities matter

Tamson Pietsch spoke recently at the Guardian’s Future of Higher Education Summit about the importance of universities, and it’s now gone up on their website. You can watch the talk here, or read the text below. “As a panel we were asked to speak about...

Also in Brazil: ‘We need to say no’

Guest blog by Roberto Alamino, a Brazilian theoretical physicist who has worked in the UK since 2006.  It took me some time to notice that something was changing in British higher education – maybe because the changes have accelerated in recent years, or maybe...

Whither blue skies research in UK universities?

by Dave Fernig (University of Liverpool) The triennial review of the UK research councils has resulted in an excellent and challenging response, submitted by the Council for the Defence of British Universities (download document here). One important aspect of this...