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Protect universities and colleges now so they can lead recovery

@UCU calls on colleges and universities to work together in the wider national interest  Union says UK cannot afford to sack key staff at a time when education will be a key driver of recovery, seven-point plan calls for funding protection and support for jobs to retain academic capacity.

Matt Waddup speaks to FE News about Lifelong Learning Commission


Disadvantaged students most likely to miss out under exam plans

Disadvantaged students could be the big losers under new assessment plans to replace exams this summer, warned the University and College Union (UCU) today (Friday).

UCU welcomes move to stop face-to-face prison education during #Coronavirus crisis

@ucu welcomes move to stop face-to-face prison education during the #Covid_19 crisis The University and College Union (UCU) has welcomed the move to suspend prison education as part of a wider prison lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Call to suspend face-to-face prison education as staff don’t even have basic handwashing facilities

@UCU calls for immediate suspension of prison education to halt spread of #Coronavirus  Around two-thirds of prison education staff (63%) say hand washing facilities in their prisons are inadequate, despite government guidance which says regular hand washing is crucial to slowing the spread of coronavirus. Classrooms in prisons aren’t being cleaned between lessons, staff have to share pens and equipment with prisoners. 

Labour leadership candidates urged to back lifelong learning recommendations

The next Labour leadership team should make clear commitments to lifelong learning in order to provide voters with a message of hope, members of the Lifelong Learning Commission urged candidates today (Friday). 

Fear of “reputation damage” prompts Russell Group meeting to call for leadership on casualisation

Casual contracts are affecting the physical and mental health of staff and having a negative impact on students’ learning, according to a secret report from universities in the Russell Group.

UCU urges Michelle Donelan to back students’ call for universities to do more to end strikes

@ucu has written to Universities Minister @michelledonelan to back students’ call for universities to do more to end strikes

Bullying and stereotyping blocking professorial path for female black professors in UK universities

Bullying and stereotyping blocking professorial path for black women, says report. A culture of bullying and stereotyping means black academics have to work harder and employ mentally draining strategies to try and get on.

UCU calls for radical overhaul of university admissions as OfS launches review

It is time for a radical overhaul of how students apply to university, said the University and College Union (UCU) today (Thursday), as the universities’ regulator launched a major review of university admissions.


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