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Please click here to read the CDBU Newsletter for Spring 2024
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The Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) was established at Oxford in 2012 by Sir Keith Thomas. He worked tirelessly to recruit famous names from culture and science, law and the media, as well as academe, and set up an organisational infrastructure in double quick time. Government was instituting radical plans for HE...
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We are pleased to publish the results of one of our funded research projects.  ‘Satisfied Customers?: Interrogating “the student experience” in the neoliberal university’, by Professor Leo McCann (University of York) explores UK students’ perspectives on the marketized university.  The research found that UK university students are largely enthusiastic about the content and quality of their degrees,...
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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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Words by David Feldman.  The war in Gaza reverberates globally.  One consequence is renewed controversy over when criticism of Israel and support for Palestinian rights becomes antisemitic. This debate has been crystallized by two definitions of antisemitism: the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism and the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism. Both definitions agree...
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We are pleased to publish the results of one of our funded research projects. “University Governance: Views from the Inside”, by Professor Steven Jones (PI) and Dr Diane Harris, explores the inner workings of university governance through a series of interviews with current and former members of university governing bodies in England from 41 different...
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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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We are pleased to publish the initial results of one of our funded research projects, “When and why do we read? The Time and Value of Reading in the Twenty-First Century”, by Dr Ben Davies, University of Portsmouth, (PI) and Professor Christina Lupton, University of Copenhagen. You can read the report here.
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On Tuesday 11 July 2023, the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) hosted a symposium on the subject of academic governance at SOAS, University of London in collaboration with Influencing Corridors of Power (ICOP). The aim of the day was as follows: to examine and critique the state of the governance of UK...
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