News round-up: A-levels fiasco causes chaos for universities

News round-up: A-levels fiasco causes chaos for universities

After thousands of A-level and BTEC students were downgraded on results day, Gavin Williams and Ofqual – in a highly predictable U-turn – scrapped the algorithm and allowed students to use Centre Assessed Grades (teachers’ predictions) instead,...
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...

News round-up: Warnings of admissions chaos as coronavirus hits

Inevitably, this week’s round-up is dominated by one story – the coronavirus’s impact on teaching, exams and admissions Exam cancellations to spark ‘almighty scramble’ in UK admissions Times Higher Education, 20/03/2020, Anna McKie The cancellation of exams caused by...

News round-up: Strikes, admissions reform – and anger as the ‘over-zealous’ Prevent programme seizes student essays

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...

News round-up: Universities must make clear that intimidation of academics is unacceptable, Gavin Williamson warns

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...