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  • Living with fewer restrictions

    Covid Free lateral flow testing is set to end this week on campus in England. In a communication earlier this week, it was announced that universities will no longer be authorised to distribute free lateral flow test packs. A formal...

  • Thinking international and levelling up at home

    International collaboration Organisations across Europe call for science to be put above politics. UUK has partnered with the Royal Society, Wellcome, EPFL, ETH Zurich, and the ETH Board to launch the Stick to Science campaign, which argues that the UK...

  • It's all about levelling up

    Levelling up On Wednesday, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove unveiled the government’s flagship Levelling Up White Paper, including the national mission on research and development (R&D), which will undertake to increase public investment in R&D outside the greater south east...

  • Ensuring quality in Semester 2

    Covid Following the government’s lifting of Plan B measures, the University has set out its plans for operating during Semester 2. The guidance on working from home has been lifted and in person meetings can resume. The Governance team will...

  • Quality, red tape and discipline

    Covid The Department for Education has updated its Covid-19 guidance for higher education in light of the government’s lifting of Plan B measures this week. The guidance on working home has been lifted, and the guidance on face coverings in...

  • Essay mills and immigration woes

    COVID There is some frustration this week with the continuing uncertainty surrounding provision for students arriving from red list countries at the start of the coming academic year. Meanwhile, the Immigration Minister announced that the government would extend the Covid...

  • Access barriers and worrying sector survey results

    ACCESS, WIDENING PARTICIPATION AND INCLUSION A report by the Sutton Trust has found that access to postgraduate courses by students from working class backgrounds has improved, with the proportion of working class graduates progressing to taught masters doubling from 6%...

  • Pensions, student mental health and disability, and cheating

    FINANCE Universities UK (UUK) has published a brief summary of its responses to its consultation on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension – broadly speaking universities have backed a plan to make the scheme less generous by reducing the defined...

  • Increased knowledge exchange but falling employment rates

    STUDENT OUTCOMES The Department for Education has published data on graduate, postgraduate and non-graduate employment rates and earnings in England. The graduate employment rate has fallen to 86.4%, with the postgraduate rate falling to 88.2%, although the median graduate salary...

  • Minimum standards and learning credits

    COVID A recent UPP survey has found that students want to see prioritisation of a return to in-person teaching and are missing the face-to-face elements of the wider student experience. Meanwhile, data released by the Office for National Statistics (OfS)...