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Universities need to reveal secret pay rises given to leaders

Just two UK universities provided details of their vice-chancellor’s pay rise for a report looking into the murky world of senior academic pay released yesterday. Four-fifths of universities refuse to even release minutes of committee that sets vice-chancellor’s pay Just two sets of minutes from the 27 received list the vice-chancellor’s pay increase and a…

Schools and Universities have “lost the plot” in preparing young people for work

Many entrepreneurs and business people are getting increasingly critical of the education system as many young people are leaving school lacking the skills needed for work. “There are over one million young unemployed in this country and they are becoming totally demoralised by the job market. They have to be given confidence in the training…

More pressure on zero-hours contracts in Scottish universities

UCU warned that the extensive use of zero-hours contracts in Scottish universities was bad for lecturers and bad for students. The union has submitted evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the use of zero-hours contracts ahead of today’s (14th October) deadline for submissions. Last month the union published data on the use of zero-hours…

Over half of universities and colleges use lecturers on zero-hour contracts

Universities and colleges are twice as likely to use zero-hour contracts than other workplaces, according to new findings released today by UCU. Sixty-one percent of further education colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have teaching staff on zero-hour contracts and 53% of UK universities, that responded to the union’s Freedom of Information request, use…

New energy standard could save universities £13.8m a year

According to the BSI (British Standards Institution), British universitites could save up to £13.8m a year by implementing a new energy management stadard. With the fluctuating price of energy one of the biggest costs for universities, a number of them have approached BSI about a new international standard – ISO 50001 – that sets out…

Spend Offa cash on interns, Wilson says

Money set aside for widening access should be used to subsidise internships for all students, according to a major review of the links between business and universities. The government-commissioned Review of Business-University Collaboration, published on 28 February and led by Sir Tim Wilson, former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, says that all undergraduates should…