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Struggling universities are cutting staff – and a survey reveals just how unpopular TEF is   More job cuts on cards unless tuition fee cap lifted, v-c warns Times Higher Education, 15/02/2019, Jack Grove A sector leader has warned that more leading UK universities will be forced to make significant job cuts if undergraduate tuition...
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There is controversy over leaked plans to end loans to students with three Ds or less, and one university is shutting students out of campus libraries for failing to pay rent   Oxford places ban on donations and research grants from Huawei The Guardian, 18/01/2018, Rob Davies The University of Oxford has placed an indefinite...
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Guest post by Prof G.R.Evans In the last few years there have been radical changes in the way English higher education is funded and regulated.  That has had negative consequences not only for students  but also at the receiving end of funding, where higher education providers have to survive financially and need to be able...
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Report in the Guardian today regarding how increasing visa restrictions are compromising UK HE.  “When organisers of a workshop held earlier this month at All Souls College, Oxford, invited an eminent Algerian academic to be a keynote speaker, they assumed his visa would be a mere formality. Sid-Ahmed Kerzabi has had a long and distinguished...
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guest post by Prof Sir John Meurig Thomas (Materials Science, Cambridge) CDBU welcomes a diversity of views. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the conversation. This article is a slightly modified form of one that appears in Angewandt Chemie 2013 the original version of which can be downloaded here. “Research at the institute is...
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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 what the sector can do to pull together and communicate the...
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Thomas Docherty, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick and a member of the [Steering Committee](http://cdbu.org.uk/?page_id=74) for the Council for the Defence of British Universities, has just [written a piece in the US’s Chronicle of Higher Education](http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/in-britain-an-assault-on-academic-values/31146) about the current direction of UK educational policy. Following is an excerpt.
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