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Steering Group member, Howard Hotson, had a piece in the Times Higher on 13 February on what we can learn from Germany on tuition fees.    During the past eight years, university tuition fees were introduced into most west German federal states. Yet in a few months, every single state will have abolished them. These...
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By Roger Brown Roger Brown is a leading expert on higher education policy in the UK, and an active member of CDBU.  His work commands attention because he habitually writes as a scholar rather than a polemicist, and eschews ideology in favour of a determination to let evidence guide his conclusions. The paper below, which...
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By Peter Scott, trustee of CDBU and Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education Fifty years ago this autumn the Robbins report on higher education in the United Kingdom was published. It was, and still is, the greatest report on higher education – by some way. It stands in a kind of...
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Podcasts of the conference sessions from ‘Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins’ that took place on 22 October 2013 at LSE, are now online including the conference programme and the speakers’ powerpoint presentations, available here. A podcast and video of the final public session ‘Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins: What views to...
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Novelist and academic JM Coetzee’s foreword to University of Cape Town fellow Professor John Higgins’s new book, taken from the Mail & Guardian Thank you for letting me see your essays on academic freedom in South Africa. The general question you address – “Is a university still a university when it loses its academic autonomy?”...
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Daniel  Allington is a lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. The piece below is taken from his blog: http://www.danielallington.net As we all know, the digital humanities are the next big thing. A couple of years ago, I gave a presentation at a digital humanities colloquium, explaining what I saw as the...
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For the research excellence framework, academics now have to think hard about the effect of their work outside academia, says Jonathan Wolff, professor of philosophy at UCL.  Not long left now. Just a few more weeks and someone in each university around the country will press the button and that will be that. No more tinkering,...
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Professor Sir Fergus Millar’s letter to the editor of the Times. ‘I am not Joking when I say that a physics lecturer called Einstein, who Just thought about the Universe, would risk being sacked because he brought in no grants.’ Times, The (London, England) – Saturday, October 26, 2013 Sir, The Minister for the Universities, David...
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Report in the Guardian today regarding how increasing visa restrictions are compromising UK HE.  “When organisers of a workshop held earlier this month at All Souls College, Oxford, invited an eminent Algerian academic to be a keynote speaker, they assumed his visa would be a mere formality. Sid-Ahmed Kerzabi has had a long and distinguished...
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  Saturday 19 October 2013 11am-1pm   Venue: Lightfoot Room, Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge (The “Divinity School” is part of St John’s College, and the entrance is off the alley opposite the Main Gate of the College.)   Main speakers: Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble   Michael Bailey of Essex...
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