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April is the start of the tax year. How will the...

Traditionally, the beginning of a new tax year brings changes to taxes, benefits and the cost of some essentials – and despite the extraordinary conditions we are currently living in, this year is no different. From 6 April we will see changes to junior Isas, national insurance and inheritance tax (IHT), among many adjustments that…

As trainees, we support our striking speakers in their defend education|Claire...

As staff at more than 70 universities walk out on strike, students are standing by their side. Over the coming weeks you will see us on the picket line, holding sit-ins in university buildings and campaigning for better working conditions for our educators and support staff. We know that this is not just a fight…

Pets, pensions and Irish passports: readers’ questions on post-Brexit rights

There is continuing confusion about citizens’ rights after Brexit. We asked you about your concerns, and many wrote in with questions about pension and healthcare rights. You raised other issues too: can I still sail around Europe? Will I pay home fees if I start university in the Netherlands this year? What will happen about…

The Guardian view on university strikes: a fight for the soul...

In his classic work The Idea of a University, the recently canonised St John Henry Newman described the core goal of higher education as “the cultivation of the intellect, as an end which may reasonably be pursued for its own sake”. Most of the lecturers who began just over a week of strike action on…

UK universities brace for strike action in pensions conflict

British universities are heading towards strike action later this year, after employers insisted on requiring staff to pay higher pension contributions despite union warnings that the move would trigger a ballot on industrial action. The University and College Union (UCU) said it had rejected an offer by the employers, represented by Universities UK (UUK), to…

Jo Grady: the miner’s child getting ready for university picket lines

Jo Grady could hardly be better qualified for her new role. She was born in 1984 into a striking miner’s family; she studied industrial relations at university, and she is a leading expert in trade unions and pension disputes. This week she will become the new general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU),…

Vice-chancellors still go to pay conferences regardless of protest

Universities have stopped vice-chancellors from voting on the committees that set their pay following last year’s outcry over rising salaries but many university leaders have clung to the right to attend the meetings, it has been revealed. Freedom of information requests by the University and College Union (UCU) found that just nine universities said they…

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