News round-up: Office for Students confirms cuts to arts and creative subjects amid government reforms

News round-up: Office for Students confirms cuts to arts and creative subjects amid government reforms

The universities regulator, The Office for Students, has this week confirmed drastic cuts to funding for arts and creative subjects amid government plans to redirect the money to fund other “high-cost” subjects including science, technology, engineering...
News round-up: Universities hire investigators to deal with sexual assault allegations

News round-up: Universities hire investigators to deal with sexual assault allegations

Top universities including Durham, York and Manchester have employed specialist investigators to deal with a rapid rise in reported sexual assault cases, with some paying investigators up to £10,000 per case. This follows the publication of a new anonymous testimonial...
News round-up: Sheffield Archeology department closure is ‘an act of cultural vandalism’

News round-up: Sheffield Archeology department closure is ‘an act of cultural vandalism’

On 27 May, staff at the University of Sheffield received confirmation via email that it’s renowned archeology department will close and be merged with other departments. The decision has been met with huge criticism and described as an ‘act of cultural...
News round-up: Freedom of Speech Bill continues to disturb and disrupt

News round-up: Freedom of Speech Bill continues to disturb and disrupt

The Higher Education Freedom of Speech Bill, and debates surrounding it, have continued to disturb and disrupt the higher education sector this week. Critics have suggested that the bill will have a ‘chilling effect’ by threatening universities and student...
News round-up: Top universities called out over failing to tackle ‘rape culture’ and sexual harassment

News round-up: Top universities called out over failing to tackle ‘rape culture’ and sexual harassment

A website has accrued over 15,000 anonymous testimonies of sexual harassment, assault, and other accounts of deeply entrenched misogyny at universities across the UK. Naturally, this has caused students and staff to question whether enough is being done to tackle rape...