News round-up: University staff to be balloted on strike action

News round-up: University staff to be balloted on strike action

UCU has voted to support a motion calling for industrial action over pensions, pay and casualisation, with potential strikes looming before Christmas. Meanwhile, the sector has shown mixed reactions to the sacking of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in the...
News round-up: Covid vaccine passports will not be required for university students

News round-up: Covid vaccine passports will not be required for university students

Last week, the Department for Education confirmed that there are no plans to implement the use of vaccine passports on university campuses, after some ministers and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had discussed the benefits of a passport system. Nevertheless, the DfE...
News round-up: Office for Students confirms cuts to arts and creative subjects amid government reforms

News round-up: Office for Students confirms cuts to arts and creative subjects amid government reforms

The universities regulator, The Office for Students, has this week confirmed drastic cuts to funding for arts and creative subjects amid government plans to redirect the money to fund other “high-cost” subjects including science, technology, engineering...
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...