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Past articles by Tom:

University of Cambridge and UCU sign recognition agreement

Long-fought campaign by members finally secures union a seat at the negotiating table → Read More

UK international recruitment model ‘heading for a crash’ – v-c

Plugging gaps with higher fees paid by students from overseas has allowed institutions to dodge political battles over funding, but it won’t last → Read More

Unions ‘disappointed’ as Ucea goes ahead with interim pay rise

All staff covered by national negotiations to receive 2 per cent or £1,000 more in March → Read More

Warwick pays student with cancer £12,000 after denying extension

University admits it could have been more flexible when making decision that affected postgraduate’s right to stay in the UK → Read More

‘Blindsided’ UCU members say pause in strike action ‘unjustified’

UCU leadership criticised for making ‘unilateral’ decisions as academics scramble to get back to work → Read More

Students offered blended learning ‘less likely to drop out’

Advance HE survey finds retention rates have recovered after the easing of Covid restrictions, with students also happier with levels of staff engagement → Read More

Turnitin announces AI detector with ‘97 per cent accuracy’

Edtech giant prepares to offer customers new tool from April as it grapples with challenges posed by ChatGPT → Read More

How a soaring deficit brutalised UEA’s modernising ambitions

Institution famed for its brutalist campus has paid price for bad luck and bad decisions, staff say → Read More

Anti-university views becoming more entrenched, poll finds

UK sector retains positive reputation among general public as a whole, but authors of report caution over increasingly negative views among parts of population → Read More

UK university strikes 2023: a guide to what the dispute is about

Another 18 days of strikes to hit universities across the country in February and March, with UCU promising ‘most disruptive action ever’ → Read More

What is the real carbon footprint of universities?

Major report seeks to establish true emissions for the whole of the UK sector – and suggest route to net zero → Read More

Crisis-hit UEA plans redundancies as £23 million deficit looms

Highly regarded institution cuts back due to falling student numbers, high dropout rates and rising energy costs → Read More

UCU confirms first strike date as pay offer rejected

Meeting between unions and employers ends with no new proposed wage increase presented → Read More

Damning report details antisemitism within NUS

Incidents including a student leader using the words ‘the final solution’ left Jewish students feeling like ‘pariahs’ within the UK student body → Read More

How Birkbeck was squeezed by years of neglect for adult education

London’s revered ‘night university’ enters bicentenary year mired in financial crisis → Read More

Pay talks impasse continues as unions await employers’ offer

Lack of agreement on whether industrial action should continue while talks are in progress hampers chances of resolving dispute → Read More

Low completion rates put OU on collision course with regulator

Provider with low graduation rates due to admissions policies struggling to meet Office for Students benchmark → Read More

Streeting: medical schools with no British students ‘ludicrous’

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting attacks cap on medical school places that has led to institutions catering solely to students from overseas → Read More

Pay talks on hold as employers insist on industrial action pause

First meeting between Ucea and unions breaks up before negotiations begin due to disagreement over ‘de-escalating the dispute’ → Read More

Should academics quit Twitter?

Elon Musk’s ‘de facto town square’ is a place where misinformation abounds and where academia is often attacked by culture warriors. But is fighting back effective? Or can it make things worse if academics don’t keep calm and stick to the facts? Tom Williams reports → Read More