News round-up: Free speech debate intensifies

News round-up: Free speech debate intensifies

The “free-speech debate” has intensified after the government announced it would introduce a ‘Free Speech Champion’ for higher education who will have the powers to fine universities or student unions that restrict free speech. The announcement...
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: 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: Online learning raises questions and issues of accessibility become a growing concern

News round-up: Online learning raises questions and issues of accessibility become a growing concern

This week, universities continued to come to grips with the prospect of shifting online, raising questions about quality and accessibility. CDBU also expressed their support for disabled students who feel left behind amid Covid-19 chaos, and we have issued a call for...