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Universities told “commit to free speech”

The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has said universities that use ‘No Platforming’ and ‘safe spaces’ to prevent free speech could face action from the Government’s new higher education regulator, the Office for Students (OfS). The Times have reported that this action could include powers to fine, suspend or even deregister universities if they “do not…


Investigation reveals universities’ precarious contracts

The Guardian has discovered that teaching in British universities predominantly consists of zero-hour contracts, temporary agencies and other insecure work contracts. The investigation revealed that the richest Russell Group institutions are the worst offenders for hiring non-permanent workers. More than half of academics teaching at British universities and three-quarters of junior academics, who are most…


EU students contribute 3.7bn to the UK economy

According to research conducted by Universities UK, the organisation which represents UK universities, students from EU member countries generate £3.7bn for the UK economy, and support over 34,000 jobs throughout the country. Based on student numbers from 2011-12, the research showed that on-campus spending of £220m, on fees and course costs, generated £1.44bn, whilst an…


Science, maths and engineering graduates are “brightest” students

A report conducted at Duke University indicates that students studying maths, science or engineering degrees are among the most intelligent members of society. Humanities students ranked in the middle of the data, while education and agriculture students came consistently at the bottom. Dr. Jonathan Wai, a research scientist at Duke University, in North Carolina, conducted…


Next level: is your degree enough?

Today, huge numbers of students are choosing to do masters and PhDs, or to take years abroad, so extending their time at university. But why is this happening? Why are we all so keen to prolong our time spent collecting debt in education? One answer is that it makes us more desirable candidates for future…


Increasing numbers of US universities adopt Chicago Statement in support of free speech

An increasing number of universities in the United States are committing to the Chicago Statement: an endorsement of the importance of free speech and the open debate of controversial ideas. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Fire), a pro free-speech, non-profit organisation, the statement has been adopted by Purdue, Princeton, American University,…


Vice chancellors’ salaries rise 14% in five years

University vice chancellors’ salaries have increased by 10% in the past year alone and by 14% in the past five years. These increases are in comparison with an average rise of just 5% for other university staff. Vice chancellors received an average salary of £272,432 for the 2014-15 academic year, an amount 6.7 times the…

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Universities must disclose proportion of ethnic minority applicants who receive places

Universities must now publish data on the proportion of ethnic minority applicants who receive places. This announement comes as David Cameron launches a new equality investigation as part of his anti-discrimination agenda. The Prime Minister summoned education chiefs last week to talk with Business Secretary Sajid David and begin a review into barriers to diversity…

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