News round-up: Grim times for universities as overseas students stay away and staff on fixed-term contracts lose their jobs

The coronavirus epidemic has seen lecturers and researchers lose their jobs while students face uncertainty over exams   119 universities in deficit after lecturers go on strike The Times, 03/04/2020, Rosemary Bennett More than 100 universities, including some of...

News round-up: Warnings of admissions chaos as coronavirus hits

Inevitably, this week’s round-up is dominated by one story – the coronavirus’s impact on teaching, exams and admissions Exam cancellations to spark ‘almighty scramble’ in UK admissions Times Higher Education, 20/03/2020, Anna McKie The cancellation of exams caused by...

News round-up: Strikes, admissions reform – and anger as the ‘over-zealous’ Prevent programme seizes student essays

This week has seen another round of strikes by academics, while UK universities come under pressure to reform the admissions process   UK ‘could only join Horizon Europe with transition extension Times Higher Education, 21/02/2020, John Morgan The UK will only be...

News round-up: Universities must make clear that intimidation of academics is unacceptable, Gavin Williamson warns

Strong words from the education secretary on free speech, and new figures show that two in five 18-year-olds now apply to university   Gavin Williamson gives universities final warning on free speech The Times, 07/02/2020, Rosemary Bennett The education secretary...