Author Archives: Sean

About Sean

Principal Research Fellow, Survey of English Usage, University College London

Oxford’s and Cambridge’s role in the demise of USS – Mike Otsuka

This article is resyndicated from To be more precise: what follows is an account of the role of these two universities, and their constituent colleges, in the demise of USS as a multi-employer scheme that promises a decent, defined benefit … Continue reading

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Made in Westminster – Sean Wallis

  Made in Westminster: The source of the USS ‘crisis’ – and the solution In our letter to the Guardian we wrote that [The USS ‘crisis’] is the result of the misrepresentation of the finances of the USS, and the … Continue reading

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Letter to Guardian

University pension ‘crisis’ triggered by HE market madness Published in the Guardian as University staff are right to be striking (30 January 2018)  Add your name The university employers have provoked the largest vote for industrial action ever seen in the … Continue reading

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Essex University invokes ‘capability’ for research staff after mini-REF, and claims probationary lecturers ‘not academics’

From the national UCU website: In September 2017, approximately one-eighth of the research-active staff were sent letters warning that their positions might be in danger, including the invocation of Capability proceedings to remove them from their jobs. This represents an alarming … Continue reading

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Manchester redundancies letter

Stop the Manchester cuts and redundancies To be submitted to the Guardian. Add your name As staff across UK universities we are appalled at the proposed staffing cuts at the University of Manchester (Guardian, 13.05.17) including but not limited to … Continue reading

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The higher education stand-off of 2017: an assessment – Prof David Midgley

There was much rejoicing back in January when the government was defeated over the first amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill to be put to the vote in the House of Lords. That amendment introduced a definition of … Continue reading

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Where next after the HE Bill? – Sean Wallis and Lee Jones

For a week or so it appeared as if the Conservatives had pulled the plug on the Higher Education and Research Bill (HE Bill) by calling a Brexit General Election on June 8th. Only negotiations with the Labour front bench … Continue reading

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