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  • Thousands of university workers strike across UK February 20, 2020
    Academic and support staff take action over pay, pensions and working conditionsUniversity workers have formed picket lines on campuses across the UK on the first day of the “biggest-ever wave of strikes” over higher education pay, pensions and working conditions.The University and College Union (UCU) reported that support from staff and students remained solid, despite […]
    Sally Weale and Laith Al-Khalaf
  • As students, we support our striking lecturers in their fight for education | Claire Sosienski Smith February 20, 2020
    The marketised university system has hiked student fees and cut staff pay – so it’s no surprise we students stand in solidarityAs staff at more than 70 universities walk out on strike, students are standing by their side. Over the coming weeks you will see us on the picket line, holding sit-ins in university buildings […]
    Claire Sosienski Smith
  • UK university staff to strike for 14 days in pay and pensions row February 19, 2020
    Workers express frustration in run-up to action involving 50,000 staff at 74 campusesUniversity staff who are due to start 14 days of strike action at 74 campuses across the UK have expressed their anger and frustration at what they see as employers’ failure to address their concerns over pay, pensions and working conditions.Up to 50,000 […]
    Gregory Robinson and Sally Weale
  • Are junior academic roles at universities stepping stones or exploitation? | Letters February 19, 2020
    Julia Miller, the mother of a young academic, and Prof Jim Tomlinson and Prof Beth Lord respond to Owen Jones’s piece on the marketisation of universities and increasing casualisation of staffRe Owen Jones’s article (We will all pay for the crisis in our universities, Journal, 14 February), I am the mother of a young academic […]
    Letters
  • Ofsted chief: funding cuts forcing schools to narrow curriculum February 19, 2020
    Amanda Spielman lays out impact of financial pressures in unprecedented blogpostSchools are cutting back the curriculum and not replacing teachers when they leave because of a growing funding crisis, the chief inspector of schools has said.In an unprecedented step, Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman laid out the impact of cuts in a blogpost that has since been […]
    Sarah Marsh
  • 'We must cultivate the natural curiosity and capabilities of children': Alan Finkel's 2020s vision February 19, 2020
    As Australia’s chief science nerd, I found lessons for today in this obscure piece of science history. It can help us map our nation’s futureAbout this seriesLet me share a story with you. It is a story of discovery and exploration.We begin in 1751, in a small village in the north-east of France, when Joseph […]
    Alan Finkel
  • Private student housing is failing students. The government must step in | Graham Galbraith February 19, 2020
    Thousands of students were left homeless by under-regulated housing providers this year, but the government won’t listenSettling in at university can be difficult for students – so the last thing they need is to arrive and find they have nowhere to live. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened up and down the country this […]
    Graham Galbraith
  • University employers say union demands on pay are unaffordable February 18, 2020
    Employers appeal to union to go back to members with latest revised offer in hope of averting strikesUnion demands on pensions, pay and conditions are unaffordable and will put vulnerable institutions that are already in deficit at even greater risk, university employers have said.Speaking before strike action planned for this week on 74 campuses across […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
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