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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 has given universities a final warning to guard free speech or face legislation. In an article for The...
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Attacks on free speech at our oldest university ­– and a revelation that there are no black academics in the most senior managerial ranks in UK higher education   Oxford University professor given security guards for lectures after threats from transgender activists Daily Telegraph, 24/01/2020, Camilla Turner and Ewan Somerville An Oxford University professor has...
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Professor David Midgley takes a look at a timely new publication that puts the current debates on academic freedom into a historical context   In September 2017 it was widely reported that the Attorney General of the USA, Jeff Sessions, had told an audience of students in Washington that the American university, “once the center...
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University of Nottingham: not so idyllic for casual workers. Image: Simmy Thomas   Robert Stenson is a PhD student and casual academic at the University of Nottingham. He explains how the university’s decision to outsource its casual staff to a third party has made conditions even more insecure and exploitative   In June 2019, the...
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The government’s Brexit withdrawal bill saw defeat for an amendment requiring the government to continue the UK’s participation in the Erasmus + exchange scheme   Fears for future of private university after recruitment ‘pause’ Times Higher Education, 10/01/2020, John Morgan A private university in London whose students are eligible for public loan funding has “paused”...
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If grade inflation continues at the current rate, by 2030 all students at some universities will graduate with first-class degrees. Plus: regulation is costing universities more than £500k a year   First-class degrees for all students by 2030 The Times, 27/12/2019, Rosemary Bennett All students will graduate from some universities with a first-class degree in...
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The election result could have major implications for the higher education sector, including the possibility of recruitment challenges in the wake of Brexit   UK universities face up to Brexit after Tory election win Times Higher Education, 13/12/2019, John Morgan The certainty that Brexit will happen, a potential reshaping of the research funding system to...
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The strikes at half of the UK’s universities dominate this week’s news round-up – while new figures show that institutions are competing fiercely for a shrinking band of 18-year olds     UCU says some universities are using ‘highly questionable tactics’ as strikes are set to enter their second week Times Higher Education, 29/11/2019, Anna...
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Professor GR Evans takes a look at what the three major political parties have planned for higher education   For those of us interested in higher education, one of the most eagerly-awaited aspects of the manifestos was how they would deal with the recommendations of the Augar Review into higher education funding. The review had...
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Nottingham Trent University is cutting the number of firsts, while one of their academics has faced a backlash for encouraging students to register to vote   Universities ‘central’ to solutions on UK regional inequality Times Higher Education, 15/11/2019, John Morgan Universities could play a central role in addressing the UK’s dire levels of regional inequality,...
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