News round-up: Free speech debate intensifies

News round-up: Free speech debate intensifies

The “free-speech debate” has intensified after the government announced it would introduce a ‘Free Speech Champion’ for higher education who will have the powers to fine universities or student unions that restrict free speech. The announcement...
News round-up: Government urged to waive student loan interest fees

News round-up: Government urged to waive student loan interest fees

The government has announced a £50 million hardship fund for students who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. However, some feel more could be done to help students, with a group of vice-chancellors calling on the government to go further and waive student...
News round-up: UCU threatens industrial action if staff are forced to return to unsafe campuses

News round-up: UCU threatens industrial action if staff are forced to return to unsafe campuses

University and College Union will ballot its members to strike once again if they are forced to resume in-person teaching and return to unsafe campuses. Meanwhile, the government has published its highly anticipated response to the Augar review, and rent strikes rage...
News round-up: New year, same problems

News round-up: New year, same problems

As the world welcomes a new year, the issues that the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on higher education remain. Students across the UK have begun rent strikes, university staff face the prospect of returning to unsafe campuses, and debates about the value of...