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PRESS RELEASE: 08.02.24 In April 2022, The Council for the Defence of British Universities invited applications to undertake research into any aspect of higher education in the UK, including governance, policy, curricula developments, and staff and student welfare and wellbeing. Funding was awarded to three projects. We are pleased to announce that we will publish...
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PRESS RELEASE: 16.01.24 In April 2022, The Council for the Defence of British Universities invited applications to undertake research into any aspect of higher education in the UK, including governance, policy, curricula developments, and staff and student welfare and wellbeing. Funding was awarded to three projects. We are pleased to announce that we will publish...
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PRESS RELEASE: 19.07.23 “Government proposals to cap the student numbers on what they define as ‘low value degrees’ show once again the limits of market-driven thinking when applied to education.  The value of a university degree can manifest itself in many ways after graduation and over a longer term than metrics deployed by the Office...
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PRESS RELEASE: 31.08.2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the winner of the CDBU Essay Prize: ‘Contracting Cheating: the Place of the Essay in the Age of the Essay Mill’, submitted by Dr Rowan Cerys Tomlinson, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of Bristol. It has been...
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PRESS RELEASE: 31.08.2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the winners of our funded research project competition. Due to the amount and quality of the applications, CDBU has decided to fund three projects, listed below: When and Why Do We Read? The Time and Value of Reading in the...
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PRESS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 9, 2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is deeply concerned by reports of undue political involvement in the appointment of a new Economic and Social Research Council Executive Chair, as reported in The Financial Times and other outlets this week. It is currently understood that a candidate was recommended...
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The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to publish its position paper on Academic Freedom brought together by three executive committee members: Dr Kelli Rudolph, Professor Susan Bruce and Professor John Holmwood. The paper articulates the nature and importance of academic freedom as a public good and highlights the challenges it currently...
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PRESS RELEASE: JULY 6, 2021   The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to publish its position paper on Academic Freedom brought together by three executive committee members: Dr Kelli Rudolph, Professor Susan Bruce and Professor John Holmwood. The paper articulates the nature and importance of academic freedom as a public good...
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PRESS RELEASE: July 21, 2020 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rowan Williams (Lord Williams of Oystermouth) as our new Chair of Trustees.  We offer a warm welcome to Lord Williams, who we know will be an invaluable addition to the organisation. Lord Williams offered...
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Press release: 4 May, 2020 The Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) welcomes the announcement on 4 May of a government support package for universities and students. However, CDBU is concerned that what has been announced is only a short-term measure which does little to address the unfolding crisis in the university sector. It...
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