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Last October, the Council for Defence of British Universities (CDBU) asked UK political parties for their manifestos on financing of Higher Education. We are still waiting for a reply from Labour and Conservatives. See http://cdbu.org.uk/party-policies-on-fees/ We are grateful to UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the Green party for their prompt responses. However, we are concerned that...
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A core concern of CDBU is the funding of higher education in the UK. We are not a party political organisation, but we take an intense interest in policies relevant to our aims. With an impending election, we think it is important that the public be well-informed about the intentions of different political parties. Accordingly,...
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Discussion piece by the CDBU Steering Group Results from the research excellence framework (REF) were publicly announced on 18th December, followed by a spate of triumphalist messages from University PR departments. Deeper analysis followed, both in the pages of the Times Higher Education, and in the media and on blogs. CDBU has from the outset...
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  Saturday 19 October 2013 11am-1pm   Venue: Lightfoot Room, Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge (The “Divinity School” is part of St John’s College, and the entrance is off the alley opposite the Main Gate of the College.)   Main speakers: Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble   Michael Bailey of Essex...
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Guest post by Michael Wayne (Brunel University) CDBU welcomes a diversity of views. If you would like to contribute to the conversation contact us. The CDBU’s first meeting for the general membership was generally very heartening. It was titled ‘After The Election’ which meant that it was nicely, but perhaps also problematically poised between the urgency...
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CDBU works to defend all British universities. We have members and supporters from every part of the sector and beyond: from professors to undergraduates; from Oxbridge to the Million+ group; from departments of Art History to Neurobiology. We’re also backed by people with no direct links to higher education who share our belief that our...
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CDBU mourns the loss of founding member, Ronald Dworkin, a brilliant legal philosopher who put human dignity at the centre of his moral system. Read the rest of his obituary in the Guardian, 14 Feb 2013. You can hear the views of Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard and of Professor Leslie Green of Oxford on the Today...
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Continuing our coverage of overseas reactions to the foundation of the Council for the Defence of British Universities, Germany’s leading newspaper and radio news outlets have also picked up the story. Germany’s most celebrated daily newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, devoted two articles to the CDBU in November.
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Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford and historical archaeologist, has written a piece in support of CDBU on his personal blog, which has also been reproduced on the higher education blog Wonkhe. Here are a few excerpts:
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Thomas Docherty, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick and a member of the [Steering Committee](http://cdbu.org.uk/?page_id=74) for the Council for the Defence of British Universities, has just [written a piece in the US’s Chronicle of Higher Education](http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/in-britain-an-assault-on-academic-values/31146) about the current direction of UK educational policy. Following is an excerpt.
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