Tag Archives: competition

Online Convention Meeting Sat 9 May

Responding to the crisis: organising to defend Higher Education in the pandemic era Saturday 9 May, 10am – 12 noon Speakers: John Holmwood and Lee Jones (Campaign for the Public University), Anne Sheppard (Council for Defence of British Universities), Nicola … Continue reading

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Re-envisaging the post COVID-19 University – Carlo Morelli

Whoever re-envisages the university, the market is not the answer. The COVID-19 crisis presents an existential threat to UK Higher Education. However it is one whose roots lie not with the virus, but instead in the failure of a market … Continue reading

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Open letter – Covid-19 demands a rethink of Higher Education funding

End tuition fees and market competition This open letter was launched 31 March 2020 for immediate publication. You can add your name on this Google Form. Covid-19 is a wake-up call for the whole of society. Higher Education faces an … Continue reading

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A spiral of costs? Is the USS pension scheme doomed? – Sean Wallis

Introduction The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) was set up in 1975, replacing a stocks-and-shares Defined Contribution scheme called FSSU. For forty-four years, from 1975 to 2011, USS paid out a Final Salary pension based on a 1/80 accrual rate. This … Continue reading

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This potential University funding crisis is due to unrepayable student loans, not Brexit – Sean Wallis

You have to admire their cheek. Theresa May’s Conservative Government is leaking to the press a policy proposal from a review they commissioned which, if implemented as-is, is likely to prove catastrophic for universities in England, and in the rest … Continue reading

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

This article is resyndicated from Medium.com. 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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