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CDBU Position Paper on Academic Freedom

The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to publish its position paper on Academic Freedom brought together by three executive committee members: Dr Kelli Rudolph, Professor Susan Bruce and Professor John Holmwood. The paper articulates the...

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CDBU publishes position paper on Academic Freedom

PRESS RELEASE: JULY 6, 2021 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to publish its position paper on Academic Freedom brought together by three executive committee members: Dr Kelli Rudolph, Professor Susan Bruce and Professor John Holmwood. The...

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News round-up: Unions unite against ‘devastating arts cuts’

Seven trade unions have jointly written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to oppose cuts to creative and performing arts subjects in the Higher Education Teaching Grant budget for 2021-2022. UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'These cuts would devastate arts and...

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The New Model University

Words by Professor David Midgley.  The writing was on the wall in January. It was then that the government published its response to Dame Shirley Pearce’s review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, commonly known as the TEF.  Dame...

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‘Skills for Jobs’ – what the FE Bill means for HE

Words by Patrick Ainley, former professor of training and education at the University of Greenwich and regular contributor to the Post-16 Educator. The ‘Skills for Jobs’ Bill proposed in the Queen’s speech last week and introduced to Parliament today ‘is not a serious...

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Freedom and its opposite in universities

Words by Savitri Hensman, Writer and Activist. Foreword by Dr Rowan Williams, CDBU Chair of Trustees: “Any proposed changes in the law need to be scrutinised carefully to make sure that they address a clear and substantial gap in existing provision; they should never...

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