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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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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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Press release 9/1/2017

Students and staff speak out as the Lords prepare to challenge Jo Johnson over his Higher Education and Research Bill Universities return to teaching this week, but lecturers, students and researchers face an uncertain future. The Government is pushing ahead … Continue reading

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Letter

Casualisation is a symptom of a sector-wide crisis (submitted to Guardian 17 November) Add your name The disgrace of casualisation, whilst Vice Chancellors and Principals award themselves salaries multiple times that of the Prime Minster, was graphically and accurately portrayed … Continue reading

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Defending HE: academic integrity and access, and defending overseas colleagues and students

Dear Colleagues, The Third Convention for the Defence of Higher Education This Saturday 15th October UCL, London, 10.00-17.00 Speakers: Professor Alison Wolf (KCL), Professor Martin McQuillan (Kingston and CDBU), Malia Bouattia (NUS President), Professor John Holmwood (Nottingham and CPU), Mark … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Submission – proposed amendments to HE Bill

Amendment proposals, HE Bill The following proposed amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17 were submitted to Gordon Ramsden MP by the HE Convention Steering Committee for inclusion in the Committee Stage of the Bill. Alongside these amendments we also … Continue reading

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