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: 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...
Students offered one week window to return home for Christmas

Students offered one week window to return home for Christmas

Plans for mass testing and staggered departure dates over a one week period have been laid out by the government in order to allow students to return home for Christmas. The plans have been met with criticism from some universities who say mass testing might be...
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: Government “restructuring regime” threatens university autonomy

News round-up: Government “restructuring regime” threatens university autonomy

The government recently published their ‘Restructuring Regime’ for universities facing financial collapse, causing many to question whether university autonomy is a thing of the past. The petitions committee announced that there will be no automatic...