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WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL CDBU ESSAY PRIZE! It took just five minutes to commission an essay. No matter that I had chosen two obscure authors and a topic abstruse enough to fox a specialist. And no matter that since April 2022, under the Skills and Post-16 Education Act, it has been illegal in England to ‘provide,...
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PRESS RELEASE: 31.08.2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the winner of the CDBU Essay Prize: ‘Contracting Cheating: the Place of the Essay in the Age of the Essay Mill’, submitted by Dr Rowan Cerys Tomlinson, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of Bristol. It has been...
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PRESS RELEASE: 31.08.2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the winners of our funded research project competition. Due to the amount and quality of the applications, CDBU has decided to fund three projects, listed below: When and Why Do We Read? The Time and Value of Reading in the...
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Introducing a blog by John Holmwood A lot of attention within the Higher Education sector is currently directed at the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill going through Parliament. Concocted during Gavin Williamson’s period as Secretary of State for Education, it was widely lobbied for by right-wing think tanks, such as Policy Exchange. Their report...
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Words by Leo McCann, Professor of Management at the University of York   ‘Mister Professor, you’re well educated, I know / But some things you quote to our youngsters has troubled me so.’   The opening lines of Mister Professor, a 1970 country song written by Leroy van Dyke. Featuring on Harlan Howard’s album To...
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On the tenth anniversary of its formation The Council for the Defence of British Universities invites submissions of essays on key challenges facing Higher Education in the UK today and possible solutions to them. Authors may take a creative, research-based or autobiographical approach, drawing on international experience where appropriate. Up to three prizes of £1000 each...
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  The Council for the Defence of British Universities invites applications to undertake research into any aspect of higher education in the UK, including governance, policy, curricula developments, and staff and student welfare and wellbeing. Comparisons between Britain and other countries are especially welcome. Successful bids for up to £7,500 will explain the rationale and methodology of...
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Review by Patrick Ainley, former professor of training and education at the University of Greenwich and regular contributor to the Post-16 Educator. The argument in this book is that mass higher education, for all its multiple and irreversible achievements, is experiencing a general crisis’ (150). It is well timed. 58 UK universities struck for three days...
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Review by Professor Julian Preece Ronald J. Daniels, the lead author of this original and much-needed book, has been President of Johns Hopkins  since 2007. He was previously head of the Law School at Toronto, then Provost at Pennsylvania. Universities have not only been the centre of his professional life, however. As the child of...
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PRESS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 9, 2022 The Council for the Defence of British Universities is deeply concerned by reports of undue political involvement in the appointment of a new Economic and Social Research Council Executive Chair, as reported in The Financial Times and other outlets this week. It is currently understood that a candidate was recommended...
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