Unions

Squeezed piggy bank

Strong turnout in ballot over USS changes ‘sends a clear message’ that union members will take action to protect retirement fund, says UCU

Boycott the NSS protesters

Ali Milani believes that the NSS in its current form could be a threat to students’ unions

Redacted bank note

Salary transparency can promote equality but also tends to foment jealousy and strife among academic staff, as Adrian Furnham has seen at first hand

mushroom cloud

The ending of Murdoch University’s agreement with its staff over employment conditions could herald a rougher ride for university staff, says Gavin Moodie 

Exams this coming autumn semester to be affected

Senior academics at Teesside University put at risk of redundancy as summer break gets under way

Graduation

Emily Van Duyne on why she missed graduation despite being passionately committed to her students

THE v-c pay survey 2017

In our annual survey of vice-chancellors’ pay, which reveals double-digit hikes for some and more modest rises for others, Simon Baker examines how remuneration committees make their decisions amid calls for greater transparency over the ‘arbitrary’ nature of salary increases

Sinking money sunk costs

Our annual analysis shows that academic pay is still falling in real terms and that equality is still an issue with regard to gender and ethnicity

flyboard past cyclist

Analysis suggests v-c pay is rising twice as fast as salaries of more junior university staff

man driving giant duck on river

Does Nigel Piercy textbook case study stem from his experience at Swansea University? 

Censorship

Free Speech ranking claims quarter of institutional administrations are ‘actively censoring speech’

Lighthouse shining light

If Trump and Brexit are the problem, universities are part of the solution, says Sally Hunt. But we must do better than we have

UCU dispute board

Although remuneration slipped off the top of the agenda at UK universities last year, generous salary rises for v-cs will not be overlooked, says Jack Grove

Notre Dame

Election of theology professor Michel Deneken as Strasbourg president angers secularists

Canada flag

An independent investigation is reviewing David Wheeler’s conduct during staff negotiations 

People standing among rubble of destroyed buildings, Aleppo, Syria

The Universities Superannuation Scheme’s stake in former cluster bomb manufacturer Textron is an inappropriate use of savings, campaigners say

Students protesting against Brexit in front of the House of Commons

Students and lecturers join forces for a national demonstration over cuts, fee rises and the plight of EU staff and students post-Brexit

Gender pay gap

More than three-quarters of staff who will receive pay rises are female or ethnic minorities

UCU dispute board

Effectiveness and impact of one-day strikes targeted at university graduation and open days also questioned by expert and employers