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News round-up: University staff to be balloted on strike action

UCU has voted to support a motion calling for industrial action over pensions, pay and casualisation, with potential strikes looming before Christmas. Meanwhile, the sector has shown mixed reactions to the sacking of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in the...

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Why Art?

Words by Dr Jon Hall, senior lecturer at the Open University and CDBU's Company Secretary. “Accessing our creativity is a fantastic way to top up our resilience.”Chief Operating Officer, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust  Resilience means being able to...

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News round-up: Visa delays hinder students’ year abroad plans

Post-Brexit visa delays have hindered UK students' hopes of studying in Europe, with many reporting that it has become increasingly difficult to obtain appointments at embassies to secure the necessary paperwork. Meanwhile, there has been widespread criticism of the...

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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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