Vanessa Redgrave and Hilary Mantel slam Roehampton arts cuts

High-profile figures criticise university’s plans for large cuts to arts and humanities, which it says are necessary because of the pandemic and low student numbers Vanessa Redgrave, Hilary Mantel, Julie Christie and Simon Schama are among those who have signed an open letteragainst jobs cuts in the arts and humanities departments at the University of Roehampton. The letter,

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Johnson ‘optimistic’ on UK’s EU recruitment prospects post-Brexit

Brexit need not lead to a catastrophic decline in UK higher education institutions’ recruitment of students from the European Union, a former universities minister has said. As negotiations on the two parties’ future relationship reach a fraught conclusion, Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, has indicated that a “no deal” Brexit is increasingly likely, leaving universities

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Is university expansion ‘sucking the brains’ out of UK towns?

Rise of graduate class has reduced status of manual workers, influential figure warns in book that may offer philosophy for Tory reshaping of post-18 education “Expanding higher education made sense for a few decades in the latter part of the 20th…and early 21st century, but that time is now past.” So runs one of the

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Asian universities offer lessons to West in Covid response

Experts stress quick, consistent and centralised approaches, plus extra support for students and IT systems, during webinar Universities in east and Southeast Asia could offer useful coronavirus models for Western institutions, which are months behind in battling with campus shutdowns. Experts from China, Japan and Malaysia offered their advice at a 17 September webinar, hosted by the

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UK and Canada ‘becoming more attractive’ to Indian students

Survey finds concerns about safety and unfavourable immigration policies are key factors deterring Indian and Nepalese students from overseas destinations The UK and Canada are catching up with the US as the most attractive study-abroad destinations for prospective Indian students, according to a report. The study, based on a survey of 2,252 high school students in

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CHINA : Students caught between globalisation and nationalism

The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought extensive discussions on globalisation and deglobalisation. Within our hyper-connected world, the virus knows no lines and boundaries and spreads across countries regardless of nationality, race or ethnicity, gender, social class, age or religion.  The world population is connected and faces the same problems.  The virus requires social distancing and

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Covid-19: less than 1 in 4 staff feel safe returning to campus

Global survey conducted by THE reveals concerns that reopening universities could drive spikes in infections and that financial concerns are being prioritised over well-being Less than one in four university staff feel safe returning to work on campus as coronavirus continues to spread, according to a global survey conducted by Times Higher Education. In the survey, which was completed

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USA : Schools Briefing: Coronavirus Dorms and Super Spreaders

Colleges are struggling to deal with outbreaks on campus. Corona dorms and student spreaders Cases of coronavirus are spiking on university campuses, leaving administrators with two unappealing options: Quarantine students in dorms, or send them home. The University of Alabama said it had recently posted university police officers at its quarantine dorms while Notre Dame said it had hired

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US: int’l students “particularly vulnerable”

The American College Health Association has singled out international students as a US campus population that has been “disproportionately” affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  ACHA published guidelines last month to help higher education institutions support their most vulnerable populations of students who are impacted by the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn.  “Without support of families within the

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Quarter of UK students ‘unable to properly access online learning’

Latest NUS survey finds satisfaction with digital learning provision has decreased since beginning of lockdown One in four UK students do not feel they have the right access to online learning to complete their studies, according to a survey. The survey of nearly 4,200 students, carried out by the National Union of Students in July,

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