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: 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: Universities receive record number of applications during lockdown, but many are pushing ahead with cuts

News round-up: Universities receive record number of applications during lockdown, but many are pushing ahead with cuts

Ucas recently announced that UK universities had received a record number of applications over the lockdown period, despite growing concerns about the impacts of coronavirus on the higher education sector. Many universities are pushing ahead with devastating cuts, and...
News round-up: Philosophy and Literature programmes suffer from Covid cuts

News round-up: Philosophy and Literature programmes suffer from Covid cuts

This week, LSE launched their ‘SHAPE’ campaign which strives to promote the humanities and social sciences, students and staff joined forces to condemn the closure of the Philosophy programme at the University of the West of England and devastating cuts to...
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...