Weekly Digest 02/03/2023

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The UK Committee on Research Integrity (UKCORI) has published its 2023-25 strategy and plan of forthcoming activities, including an annual statement on research integrity in the UK and a review of institutions’ research integrity statements.

The Russell Group, University Alliance, and Universities UK International (UUKi) have issued a joint statement urging for a timely association of the UK to EU programmes such as Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom.

Public support for government funding of research and development is at risk, according to the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), which has published polling on national attitudes to R&D.  Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe, breaks down some of the findings.

A study by European universities questions whether every rising researcher should be encouraged to become a PhD supervisor.

Government and regulation

The Welsh Government has published its Innovation Strategy, setting out four missions in education, health and wellbeing, the economy, and climate and nature.

Campaigners argue that an outright ban on staff-student sexual relationships in England would help avoid some of the “grey areas and ambiguities” that might arise from the Office for Students’ proposed registration scheme.  According to a YouGov poll, a third of the British public believes that relationships between university staff and students should be completely banned and 36% say that such relationships should be allowed but registered.

Student recruitment and further education

Students in the UK are giving up on plans to go on to further study because of the rising cost of living, according to new polling from the Office for National Statistics.

The UK is exposing itself to risk by being over-reliant on China and India for international students, according to a vice-chancellor. THE reports.

More than 40 per cent of UK adults would like to see greater investment in skills and training, a nationally representative survey conducted for the Future Skills Coalition suggests.

People news

Dame Nancy Rothwell is to step down as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, ending a 14-year term in 2024, the university’s bicentenary year.

The vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia has resigned with immediate effect after staff pass vote of no confidence.

International news

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is helping to diversify Poland’s international student intake, as applicants from Africa and Central Asia turn elsewhere.

Facing a deadline to spend federal relief aid, a number of US universities are paying millions of dollars in tuition and fee refunds, to compensate for the switch to online teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. THE reports.

University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng is to step down amid an investigation into governance at the institution.

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