No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to ‘make arrangements to leave’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Some EU citizens living in Britain who decided to seek permanent residency after the Brexit vote are being told to make arrangements to leave. A number of these people are among the 31,000 EU academics currently working in UK universities. Colin Talbot says many are alarmed and some have already decided to leave – putting the expertise of Britain’s universities in serious jeopardy …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 26 January]

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EU applications for UK university places down 7%, MPs told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Applications from EU students for places at UK universities have dropped by more than 7% according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told …” (more)

[Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr, Guardian, 25 January]

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Students left fighting for lives after taking enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee in botched university experiment

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Two students were nearly killed after they were given enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee during a botched science experiment. Northumbria University has been fined £400,000 for the incident in March 2015 …” (more)

[Henry Bodkin, Telegraph, 25 January]

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What are Institutes of Technology and how could they work?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

“Since the referendum outcome, a series of leading political commentators have offered ideas of how to rebuild an obviously – and nearly equally divided – country. Central to suggestions from both left and right has been the rebuilding of vocational educational pathways to good quality, skilled jobs – especially in those towns, cities and regions that have suffered most amidst waves of deindustrialisation, globalisation and economic restructuring …” (more)

[Andy Westwood, Wonkhe, 23 January]

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London university admits to monitoring student emails under pressure Government anti-terror programme

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

“A top London university has admitted to spying on its staff and students as part of government efforts to prevent radicalisation on campus. A notice on the King’s College London (KCL) email login page warns members that emails can be ‘monitored and recorded’ under the Government’s controversial anti-terror strategy …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 21 January]

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Why my friend’s dog will never be Professor of Economics at Oxford, and other problems with TEF

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2017 by steve

“I am an enthusiastic supporter of the principal drivers of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The importance of teaching isn’t always fully recognised in universities, and good higher education is about the coming together of research and teaching …” (more)

[Colette Cherry, Wonkhe, 20 January]

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Lego professor of play: apply now for the most coveted job in education

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2017 by steve

“There are only three days left to apply for what could be the most coveted job in education: the Lego professor of play, development and learning at the University of Cambridge …” (more)

[Donna Ferguson, Guardian, 17 January]

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Universities in the uncertain world of Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

“There was never any doubt where the higher education sector stood on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Right from the start, Universities UK took a strong position in favour of the EU, and sponsored a campaign group entitled Universities for Europe. This almost certainly aligned with a widespread view amongst academics, as reflected indeed in guest posts in this blog …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 January]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, warns over Brexit ‘risks’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast, has warned Brexit poses ‘challenges and risks’ to its ability to attract international staff, students and EU research funds. The concerns are expressed in a paper analysing the possible implications of Brexit, specifically for Queen’s. It shows EU undergraduate applications to QUB dropped by over 6% this year …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 13 January]

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Brexit doesn’t have to be a disaster for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

“At the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), we have worked with London Economics and Kaplan International on the most detailed and sophisticated econometric modelling yet undertaken on how Brexit will affect universities. The results confirm that our departure from the European Union will be messy and difficult – but perhaps not as bad as feared …” (more)

[Nick Hillman, Guardian, 12 January]

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Record one in four graduates in UK awarded top degrees

Posted in Teaching on January 12th, 2017 by steve

“The proportion of students leaving university with top honours has risen in the last five years to reach record levels, figures show. Almost one in four (24%) students who gained a degree graduated with a first last year, compared with 17% in 2011-12, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The figures, which cover UK universities and colleges, are likely to spark fresh debate about whether the centuries-old degree classification system is still fit for purpose …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 January]

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University leaders and academics warn hard Brexit could be disaster

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

“A hard Brexit could be the ‘biggest disaster’ for British universities, costing decades of progress and leaving the UK’s international status diminished, vice-chancellors and senior academics have told MPs …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 11 January]

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Peers defeat higher education and research bill by 248 votes to 221

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

“Peers have defeated controversial government reforms of higher education that would have made it easier for new free-market colleges to award degrees and become universities …” (more)

[Jessica Elgot, Guardian, 9 January]

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Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

“A survey of more than 1,000 UK-based university staff suggests that the country’s vote to leave the European Union could drive an academic exodus. 42% of lecturers and professors surveyed say they are more likely to consider leaving the UK higher-education sector as a result of the referendum outcome …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature, 9 January]

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Higher education is being turned upside down at completely the wrong time

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2017 by steve

“There is little doubt that the challenging, turbulent and uncertain times faced by the UK’s university sector in 2016 are set to continue well into 2017 – with the focus now swiftly turning to the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is currently before parliament …” (more)

[Julie Davies and Joanne Blake, The Conversation, 6 January]

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Limiting PhDs creates the wrong kind of elite

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“Whether or not you’re entirely convinced by the figures on casualisation recently publicised by the UK’s University and College Union, it is beyond dispute that increasing numbers of PhD graduates are being forced into short-term, insecure work to sustain their academic careers. There simply are not enough permanent jobs out there for all those qualified to do them …” (more)

[Tom Cutterham, Times Higher Education, 5 January]

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Universities must ‘gather round table’ to discuss mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“Student mental health may be on the agenda, but some argue that support is uncoordinated and insufficient to meet rising demand …” (more)

[Hilary Lamb, Times High Education, 5 January]

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Gagging clauses should have no place in British universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“As former lecturers at London Metropolitan University, and the former negotiators for the University and College Union there, we are not remotely surprised to see that our old institution makes greater use of compromise agreements in order, we feel, to gag former staff than any other university …” (more)

[Letters, Guardian, 4 January]

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Fake university degree websites shut down

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees. The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 January]

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