The figures, uncovered by the BBC, have prompted allegations that universities are deliberately using gagging orders to stop grievances becoming public. Dozens of academics told the corporation they were made to sign NDAs after being “harassed” out of their jobs following the raising of complaints. … [Read more...] about UK universities pay out £90m on staff ‘gagging orders’ in past two years
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Georgetown University undergraduate students vote to pay $27 per-semester fee for slavery reparations In April, Georgetown University students voted in favor of a referendum seeking the establishment of a fund that benefits the descendants of enslaved people who were sold by the school in the 1800s to pay off its debts. … [Read more...] about Glasgow University will pay £20million in reparations for its part in the slave trade in ‘historic’ first of its kind move by a British institution
"As we've seen today the Prime Minister isn't able to answer questions on it. The fact is this Government has baked in austerity for tens of millions of people. When will he finally accept that the Universal Credit system is broken, is damaging, is dangerous to people's living standards and it should go?" … [Read more...] about PMQs: Corbyn blasts Universal Credit rules that seize Greggs workers’ £300 bonus
Tim, 52, a professor from London: Universities are involved in game-playing In my university the metric is that you have to get more firsts than2:1s. This means almost all universities are involved in this game-playing. It is a race to the bottom. When every institution awards 100% first and 2:1 degrees how do we then discriminate between more able and less able students? Even more worryingly what is the worth of that degree if it has been so devalued that everyone gets the best grades? This regrettable grade inflation has already occurred in the school system where they had to invent the A* grade to differentiate at the top end of the ability range. Universities will no doubt have to award first-plus or similar in the future. … [Read more...] about Why are students getting more firsts at university?
It would also allow us to take a more equitable approach to whether the state should subsidise young people’s social transitions. There’s certainly a case for it doing so, but it’s hideously unfair if it is just for the disproportionately middle-class group of young people who go to university – this just drives inequality further. If most students lived at home, we could, for example, use the savings to subsidise all young people to do a gap year volunteering in their own communities or abroad if we thought this developed valuable skills for the workplace and life. … [Read more...] about How to turn Britain’s universities into comprehensives