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UK universities urged to adopt risk management strategy with China

Universities in the UK have been urged to adopt a risk management strategy for any dealings with China amid concerns that academics are self-censoring because of fears about the consequences of offending the Chinese authorities. Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese studies at King’s College London, said accusations of self-censorship regarding work on China had intensified…

No room for you in lectures, high universities inform first-year college...

Students at prestigious universities have been turned away from overcrowded lectures and told to watch classes online or in overflow rooms. The Observer found that students paying £9,250 or more in Manchester, Nottingham and Lancaster, had struggled to get a seat in lectures. Manchester University maths students in a 600-capacity hall were given slips with…

King’s Faculty London strikes college students from corridor of residence over...

A leading university is facing questions after hundreds of students were told they were being relocated to alternative accommodation as a result of unspecified “fire safety concerns”. Authorities at King’s College London sent out emails and letters on Monday to students living in halls of residence in the centre of the city, informing them that…

Air contamination eliminates 5 individuals in Bristol every week, research study...

Five people die each week in Bristol as a result of high levels of air pollution, a study has revealed. Researchers at King’s College London examined the combined impact of PM2.5, which is mainly from domestic wood and coal burning and industrial combustion and nitrogen dioxide, which mainly comes from older polluting vehicles. The fine…

King’s College security violated authority over activists throughout Queen’s check out–...

King’s College London has apologised to student activists who were barred from entering the university’s buildings during a visit by the Queen in March, after an inquiry found that security staff “overstepped their authority”. An independent report (pdf) found that security staff contacted the Metropolitan police claiming that disruption was likely at the event, and…

University disallowed 10 trainees from school throughout Queen’s check out

King’s College London is to order an independent review of its security procedures after a group of students said they were singled out as troublemakers and barred from campus during a visit by the Queen. The 10 undergraduates say they are exploring legal action against KCL after their security passes were blocked and they were…

Universities might lose league table positions for variety failures

Universities’ prized league table positions may be under threat if they fail to tackle ethnic disparities among students, and in staff recruitment and research, as part of an initiative announced by the government. The effort to “explain or change” ethnic disparities is the latest official attempt to help underrepresented groups enter and succeed in higher…

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