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The government must protect universities in this crisis or job cuts...

Colleges and universities deliver vital opportunities and drive economic growth. Yet the current coronavirus crisis is now creating huge financial uncertainty in post-16 education. As the general secretary of the University and College Union, I have today written to the government setting out a plan that will protect universities and colleges so they can play…

Hundreds of university staff to be made redundant due to coronavirus

Hundreds of university staff on precarious contracts have been dismissed by their employers in a drive to cut costs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Staff on fixed-term contracts, including visiting lecturers, researchers and student support workers, at Bristol, Newcastle and Sussex universities have been made redundant or told their employment will or may end prematurely,…

Universities traumatise trainee trainee sexual misbehavior survivors by mishandling cases|Anna Bull...

Sexual harassment complaints processes in universities are a feminist issue. Our research has shown that these processes systematically place (mainly female) survivors of sexual misconduct at a disadvantage compared to those (mainly men) accused of sexual misconduct. Why? Because in staff-student sexual misconduct complaints, students are silenced. They have no right to see evidence submitted…

UCL to prohibit intimate relationships in between personnel and their trainees

University College London has become the first Russell Group university to introduce a ban on romantic and sexual relationships between lecturers and their students.UCL said the personal relationships policy would protect against potential abuses of power and conflicts of interest. The policy prohibits “close personal and intimate relationships between staff and students where the staff…

Senior UK academics demonstration over pay and working conditions

Senior academics are refusing to act as external examiners – a vital part of higher education assessments – in protest at pay and working conditions in UK universities, and are urging colleagues to join them, potentially disrupting this year’s results for students. British universities rely on external examiners to independently validate the results of undergraduate…

Countless UK academics ‘dealt with as second-class people’

Thousands of academic staff at British universities are being treated as second-class citizens on precarious contracts, says a report highlighting the “alarming rise of mass casualised labour” in higher education. The report by the University and College Union claims institutions have created a pool of low-paid staff to teach undergraduates, conduct research and work in…

Absolutely nothing incorrect to teach in 2 or more universities– ASUU...

National President ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that it is not a crime for lecturers to teach in two different universities. Ogunyemi, who said this when he appeared on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Sunday, said that the diversity usually…

Do not deceive candidates, regulator cautions universities

England’s higher education regulator is urging universities to avoid using misleading adverts and financial inducements to attract students, saying it could encourage applicants to make choices that are not in their best interests. The Office for Students said offering inducements such as last-minute bursaries to fill up undergraduate courses risked students being swayed by “a…

‘Far a lot of are having a hard time’: are universities...

Matthew Moffatt, who is autistic, struggled when he started at De Montfort University. “When I saw how busy my lecture theatre was, it was terrifying,” he says. “My sense of panic is through the roof and I’m not very good at controlling it. It just builds really quickly – I start shaking and want to…

Personnel alert of ‘intimidatory’ strategies at Liverpool University after strike

The University of Liverpool has told staff who went on strike over pay and pensions this week that they must catch up on missed work or risk penalties, despite already having their pay deducted over the eight-day industrial action. In an email sent by pro vice-chancellor Gavin Brown, members of the University and College Union…

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