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: Thousands of university staff made redundant since the start of the pandemic

News round-up: Thousands of university staff made redundant since the start of the pandemic

An FOI request made by Times Higher Education has revealed that thousands of university staff have been made redundant since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Meanwhile, students across the country have planned the biggest rent strike in decades with over 20 strikes...
News round-up: New reports shine a harsh light on racism and sexual harassment at UK universities

News round-up: New reports shine a harsh light on racism and sexual harassment at UK universities

Sexual abuse at English and Welsh universities has been described as a “public scandal” after a report revealed that universities are systematically failing to address instances of assault and harassment, while another report commissioned by Universities...
News round-up: UCU deems government’s decision to reopen campuses for face-to-face teaching “unlawful”

News round-up: UCU deems government’s decision to reopen campuses for face-to-face teaching “unlawful”

UCU have called for a judicial review of the government’s decision to ignore calls from its own Sage committee to move all non-essential teaching online and instead reopen campuses for face-to-face teaching. Sage advised the government that coronavirus outbreaks...
News round-up: Students report feeling “abandoned” as the government debates their Christmas fate

News round-up: Students report feeling “abandoned” as the government debates their Christmas fate

As Covid cases across the UK rise exponentially, universities have quickly become virus hotspots. Students forced into quarantine have reported feeling “abandoned” by their universities, raising concerns about the mental health crisis that might be...
News round-up: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

News round-up: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

Once again, the return of staff and students to university campuses has dominated Higher Education news. UCU insist that the risks of spreading Covid-19 is still far too high, especially without proper Track and Trace and testing protocols in place. Meanwhile, the DfE...