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Liz Morrish had an unblemished record of 30 years in academia without so much as a late library book to her name. That all changed when she publicly voiced her opinions on the terrible toll managerialism was having on academics’ mental health – and she found herself charged with gross misconduct.
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The coronavirus epidemic has seen lecturers and researchers lose their jobs while students face uncertainty over exams   119 universities in deficit after lecturers go on strike The Times, 03/04/2020, Rosemary Bennett More than 100 universities, including some of the richest, have plunged into deficit after they had to find thousands of pounds to cover the...
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Despite the enormous contribution universities are making to addressing the coronavirus crisis, years of enforced competition have placed them under intense financial pressure. Now is the time for the sector to recover its core purpose, argues Professor James Ladyman of the University of Bristol The teaching and research of our universities continues in the current...
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The REF is partly responsible for universities’ present ills, but if we get rid of it, we need to find an alternative model for allocating research funding. Norman Gowar, former principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, suggests a way forward As always it was a great pleasure to read Dorothy Bishop’s proposals for abolishing...
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Inevitably, this week’s round-up is dominated by one story – the coronavirus’s impact on teaching, exams and admissions Exam cancellations to spark ‘almighty scramble’ in UK admissions Times Higher Education, 20/03/2020, Anna McKie The cancellation of exams caused by the closure of all schools amid the coronavirus outbreak could hurt the poorest students most, lead...
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An end to the academics’ strike may be in sight, but as the death toll from coronavirus rises, Western universities are being urged to close campuses UCU offers ‘significant concessions’ in pay and pensions disputes Times Higher Education, 05/03/2020, Anna McKie The University and College Union has said that it has made “significant concessions” to some...
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Professor David Midgley concludes his discussion of The Governance of British Higher Education by Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath   Like other analysts of the current situation, Shattock and Horvath bring out very clearly the deleterious effects of marketisation and the senses in which these have been exacerbated by the removal of the student numbers...
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This week has seen another round of strikes by academics, while UK universities come under pressure to reform the admissions process   UK ‘could only join Horizon Europe with transition extension Times Higher Education, 21/02/2020, John Morgan The UK will only be able to join the European Union’s next research programme if its government seeks...
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Professor David Midgley continues his look at The Governance of British Higher Education by Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath   The impact of the developments described in section I has been far from uniform. In addition to the differences in governance structure between pre-1992 and post-1992 universities that were entrenched by the 1992 legislation, significant...
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In the first of three blogposts, Professor David Midgley offers some reflections on The Governance of British Higher Education by Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath, and what it tells us about the recent history of the university   The question of how the state of health of a university’s core academic activities relates to the...
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