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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 able to join the European Union’s next research programme if its government seeks...
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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 has given universities a final warning to guard free speech or face legislation. In an article for The...
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Attacks on free speech at our oldest university ­– and a revelation that there are no black academics in the most senior managerial ranks in UK higher education   Oxford University professor given security guards for lectures after threats from transgender activists Daily Telegraph, 24/01/2020, Camilla Turner and Ewan Somerville An Oxford University professor has...
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The election result could have major implications for the higher education sector, including the possibility of recruitment challenges in the wake of Brexit   UK universities face up to Brexit after Tory election win Times Higher Education, 13/12/2019, John Morgan The certainty that Brexit will happen, a potential reshaping of the research funding system to...
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Nottingham Trent University is cutting the number of firsts, while one of their academics has faced a backlash for encouraging students to register to vote   Universities ‘central’ to solutions on UK regional inequality Times Higher Education, 15/11/2019, John Morgan Universities could play a central role in addressing the UK’s dire levels of regional inequality,...
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University staff are to strike over pensions, pay and working conditions – and an imminent general election casts uncertainty over higher education policy   December election puts UK policy progress on hold Times Higher Education, 01/11/2019, Simon Baker News that a general election will be held in December may have finally given some people optimism...
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Female academics are less likely to reach senior positions than male ones, and since the referendum, there’s been a big rise in EU academics leaving the UK   Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’ BBC, 17/10/2019, Hannah Richardson Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials...
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As figures show that half of young people now go to university, Labour has announced plans to limit the number of students universities can accept from private schools   UUK president aims to show degree value ‘not all about money’ Times Higher Education, 03/10/2019, John Morgan The new president of Universities UK has said that...
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A mixed bag this week: Gavin Williamson supports the OfS review into university admissions, a record number of disadvantaged pupils are winning university places and universities are likely to face delays to funding when the UK leaves the EU   Ethicist warns universities against using AI in admissions Times Higher Education, 20/09/2019, David Matthews Using...
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As more 18-year olds are applying to university and more gain places through clearing,  Labour wants to move to a system of applying to university after A-level results   Knowledge exchange framework review before funding link Times Higher Education, 23/08/2019, Chris Havergal The forthcoming knowledge exchange framework is likely to determine the distribution of institutional...
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