Unions

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

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

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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

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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

Dundee academics face redundancy at end of ‘shocking’ assessment process

Students raising hands during lecture

Academic freedom is under threat from forthcoming plans for higher education, says ‘alternative white paper’

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Staff at eight UK universities will walk out on scheduled student open days as part of pay dispute

Vianca du Toit fails to clear high jump during Olympic Trials

Marking boycott ends after UCU says managers agree to scrap ‘unfair’ targets

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Motion passed at union congress under fire, but backers welcome ‘safe space’

Working late at office

Report unveiled at union’s congress highlights ‘unreasonable, unsafe and excessive hours’

Men demonstrating jiu-jitsu martial art, France, 1906

With earnings inequality inflaming industrial unrest over pay, figures show most salaries are relatively static while top staff get more