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Academic freedom
This week, universities continued to come to grips with the prospect of shifting online, raising questions about quality and accessibility. CDBU also expressed their support for disabled students who feel left behind amid Covid-19 chaos, and we have issued a call for ‘Manifestos for Change’ from institutions across the UK. NEW on the CDBU blog:...
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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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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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Strong words from the education secretary on free speech, and new figures show that two in five 18-year-olds now apply to university   Gavin Williamson gives universities final warning on free speech The Times, 07/02/2020, Rosemary Bennett The education secretary has given universities a final warning to guard free speech or face legislation. In an article for The...
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Professor David Midgley takes a look at a timely new publication that puts the current debates on academic freedom into a historical context   In September 2017 it was widely reported that the Attorney General of the USA, Jeff Sessions, had told an audience of students in Washington that the American university, “once the center...
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The strikes at half of the UK’s universities dominate this week’s news round-up – while new figures show that institutions are competing fiercely for a shrinking band of 18-year olds     UCU says some universities are using ‘highly questionable tactics’ as strikes are set to enter their second week Times Higher Education, 29/11/2019, Anna...
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Professor GR Evans takes a look at what the three major political parties have planned for higher education   For those of us interested in higher education, one of the most eagerly-awaited aspects of the manifestos was how they would deal with the recommendations of the Augar Review into higher education funding. The review had...
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Female academics are less likely to reach senior positions than male ones, and since the referendum, there’s been a big rise in EU academics leaving the UK   Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’ BBC, 17/10/2019, Hannah Richardson Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials...
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In this week’s news round-up, the number of English universities with operating deficits has risen to 32 – but the economy sees a net benefit from overseas students who stay   Open University gave away £13 million in severance payments last year despite claiming they are broke, HESA figures reveal Daily Telegraph, 22/03/2019, Camilla Turner The...
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