News round-up: Sheffield Archeology department closure is ‘an act of cultural vandalism’

News round-up: Sheffield Archeology department closure is ‘an act of cultural vandalism’

On 27 May, staff at the University of Sheffield received confirmation via email that it’s renowned archeology department will close and be merged with other departments. The decision has been met with huge criticism and described as an ‘act of cultural...
News round-up: ‘Catastrophic’ funding cuts for arts subjects cause uproar

News round-up: ‘Catastrophic’ funding cuts for arts subjects cause uproar

Reports that the Office for Students and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson plan to slash funding for arts subjects by 50% have caused uproar this week. The OfS have sought to clarify the situation, claiming that the proposed cuts only apply “…to a...
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: 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...
CDBU announces new Chair of Trustees and responds to government “Restructuring Regime”

CDBU announces new Chair of Trustees and responds to government “Restructuring Regime”

PRESS RELEASE: July 21, 2020 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rowan Williams (Lord Williams of Oystermouth) as our new Chair of Trustees.  We offer a warm welcome to Lord Williams, who we know will...
News round-up: Universities receive record number of applications during lockdown, but many are pushing ahead with cuts

News round-up: Universities receive record number of applications during lockdown, but many are pushing ahead with cuts

Ucas recently announced that UK universities had received a record number of applications over the lockdown period, despite growing concerns about the impacts of coronavirus on the higher education sector. Many universities are pushing ahead with devastating cuts, and...