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Struggling universities are cutting staff – and a survey reveals just how unpopular TEF is   More job cuts on cards unless tuition fee cap lifted, v-c warns Times Higher Education, 15/02/2019, Jack Grove A sector leader has warned that more leading UK universities will be forced to make significant job cuts if undergraduate tuition...
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The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework represents a lamentable failure to engage in critical thinking, argues Professor DV Bishop   If you criticise the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), you run the risk of being dismissed as an idle, port-quaffing don, who dislikes teaching, is out-of-touch with students and resistant to any...
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This is your opportunity to provide input into the CDBU’s response to a “Call for Views”. The closing date for responses is 13 February. You can find out more about the consultation by looking at the background notes at the end of his document. Please put your response in an email addressed to: cdbumembership@gmail.com Alternatively...
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The marketisation of higher education combined with the government’s efforts to regulate it has led to the worst of both worlds, argues Professor Norman Gowar, former principal of Royal Holloway, University of London   Since I am long retired I cannot take part in the government’s survey on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) but here’s...
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The gap between rich and poor starts to widen again – and responsibility for the rise in unconditional offers lies with just 20 universities   Gap between rich and poor students at top universities widens for first time in decade Independent, 31/01/2019, Eleanor Busby The gap between rich and poor students going to Britain’s best universities...
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There is controversy over leaked plans to end loans to students with three Ds or less, and one university is shutting students out of campus libraries for failing to pay rent   Oxford places ban on donations and research grants from Huawei The Guardian, 18/01/2018, Rob Davies The University of Oxford has placed an indefinite...
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A drop in EU student numbers, a huge increase in borrowing by universities and another overseas campus closes. The financial omens for the sector are not looking good   Universities raise alarm over no-deal Brexit and EU student enrolment The Guardian, 04/01/2019, Sally Weale University leaders have said that a no-deal Brexit would constitute “one of the biggest...
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Student loans will now be reclassified as public spending – and the Office for Students issues universities with a warning about grade inflation   Philosophers urge Hull to think again over course cuts Times Higher Education, 21/12/2018, Matthew Reisz Leading academics have urged the University of Hull to commit to continuing to teach philosophy, as...
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This week, a new universities minister takes the helm – and despite a gradual rise in students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending university, the top public schools still dominate Oxbridge entry   Eton and Westminster among eight schools dominating Oxbridge The Guardian, 07/12/2018, Sally Weale Eight top schools in the UK get as many pupils into...
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Last week, the CDBU’s Professor Dorothy Bishop gave a terrific lecture looking at what metrics can offer in evaluating universities – and where they fail. If you were unlucky to miss it, here’s your chance to listen to the lecture. You can view the accompanying slides here.
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