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: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

News round-up: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

Once again, the return of staff and students to university campuses has dominated Higher Education news. UCU insist that the risks of spreading Covid-19 is still far too high, especially without proper Track and Trace and testing protocols in place. Meanwhile, the DfE...
News round-up: Universities prepare for the reopening of campuses

News round-up: Universities prepare for the reopening of campuses

As the government scrambles to save face after the A-levels fiasco, universities are preparing to reopen their campuses to staff and students. UCU have called on the government to halt in-person teaching completely, warning that the mass movement of over a million...
News round-up: A-levels fiasco causes chaos for universities

News round-up: A-levels fiasco causes chaos for universities

After thousands of A-level and BTEC students were downgraded on results day, Gavin Williams and Ofqual – in a highly predictable U-turn – scrapped the algorithm and allowed students to use Centre Assessed Grades (teachers’ predictions) instead,...
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...