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14th September 2020

Union leader who criticised excessive university salaries made over £500,000 in 2019


A former union leader who lambasted the “out of touch” salaries of university vice-chancellors appears to have joined their ranks by earning more than £500,000, new figures from the TaxPayers’ Alliance reveal. Sally Hunt, the former leader of the University and College Union (UCU), has emerged in the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s
11th September 2020

Head teachers warn that COVID-19 test delays risk derailing school reopenings


Head teachers have raised concerns that efforts to return children to their classrooms face “derailment” due to the inability of schools to access sufficient numbers of COVID-19 testing kits. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has gathered evidence from over 200 of its members suggesting that a proportion
11th September 2020

University students: behave responsibly or face disciplinary measures


A health minister has enjoined university students to behave in the bedroom this term as a crucial part of the effort to combat further outbreaks of COVID-19. Health and social care minister Lord Bethel said that the government was “deeply concerned” about the transmission rates of the coronavirus among university
10th September 2020

University students instructed to quarantine on campus, not at home


The government has advised university students not to return home in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus in order to prevent further transmission of the virus across the country. New guidance from the Department for Education, published on 9th September, effectively instructs students to remain on campus if
10th September 2020

Cambridge University under fire for offering COVID-19 tests to symptom-free students


The University of Cambridge has announced that it will test students for COVID-19 every week even if they have no symptoms, despite government ministers’ insistence that testing should be reserved for symptomatic people only. The university’s decision to proceed with ‘blanket testing’ seems oddly excessive in the light of recent
9th September 2020

Union threatens possible teachers’ strikes over COVID-19 safety


The National Education Union (NEU), has raised the prospect of a teachers’ strike over coronavirus safety measures as falling COVID-19 transmission rates have forced it to alter its tactics. Before the summer break, the NEU had advised teachers that they could decline to return to work under provisions in Section
9th September 2020

Be honest about online teaching, universities warned


The Office for Students (OfS) has urged universities to be candid with students about the probability of teaching shifting online, as fears grow that campuses could be subject to lockdowns again within a matter of weeks. OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge has advised vice-chancellors to issue undergraduates with “clear, timely
8th September 2020

One in three students unable to access online learning


A new study from the National Union of Students (NUS) has found that a third of college and university students in England could not access online learning during this year’s coronavirus-induced campus closures. The most adversely affected were disabled students and those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The survey, which took
8th September 2020

School pupils may need Saturday school attendance to catch up


The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has told MPs that a proportion of pupils in English schools may need more time in the classroom, including attending school on Saturdays, to make up for missed learning. School-aged children in England have just returned to schools after months at home due to the
7th September 2020

University union threatens more strike action after COVID-19 risk warning


A prominent university teaching union has reacted with alarm to a warning from Sage, the government’s scientific advisory group, on Friday that campuses were likely to be hit by further outbreaks of COVID-19 this term. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents 120,000 academic staff, was responding vigorously to

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