News round-up: New year, same problems

News round-up: New year, same problems

As the world welcomes a new year, the issues that the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on higher education remain. Students across the UK have begun rent strikes, university staff face the prospect of returning to unsafe campuses, and debates about the value of...
News round-up: Thousands of university staff made redundant since the start of the pandemic

News round-up: Thousands of university staff made redundant since the start of the pandemic

An FOI request made by Times Higher Education has revealed that thousands of university staff have been made redundant since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Meanwhile, students across the country have planned the biggest rent strike in decades with over 20 strikes...
News round-up: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

News round-up: Tensions grow over the return of staff and students to university campuses

Once again, the return of staff and students to university campuses has dominated Higher Education news. UCU insist that the risks of spreading Covid-19 is still far too high, especially without proper Track and Trace and testing protocols in place. Meanwhile, the DfE...
From Regulation to Regime: Are we seeing a government takeover of universities?

From Regulation to Regime: Are we seeing a government takeover of universities?

Words by Liz Morrish, independent scholar. One thing governments have learned over the last 30 years is not to let a disaster go to waste. In the guise of offering a survival strategy for universities in the pandemic, the Department for Education has issued a...
‘Don’t frighten the students’: the crisis of academic freedom in the managed university

‘Don’t frighten the students’: the crisis of academic freedom in the managed university

Liz Morrish had an unblemished record of 30 years in academia without so much as a late library book to her name. That all changed when she publicly voiced her opinions on the terrible toll managerialism was having on academics’ mental health – and she found herself...