University strike

Image copyright UCU University lecturers at 64 universities are striking over pensions. More than one million students are expected to be affected, with lecturers not teaching, marking or carrying out research. There are no plans to reschedule cancelled lectures. Why are lecturers striking? Lecturers who are members of the University and College Union are angry at proposed changes to their pensions, which they say could leave them up to £10,000

‘Fat cat’ academy bosses face challenge over pay

Image caption Academy trusts will be told the chief executives’ pay should depend on how well schools perform The bosses of academy trusts running large chains of schools in England are going to be challenged by education ministers over “fat-cat” pay. Lord Agnew says the government’s school funding agency is to write to multi-academy trusts asking how pay over £150,000 relates to school performance. The chief executive of Harris Federation

University pension boss’s £82,000 pay rise

Image copyright PA Image caption The pension scheme at the centre of a £6bn deficit row paid more than 100 of its own staff more than £100,000 The chief executive of the lecturers’ pension scheme at the centre of a university strike received a 17% pay rise worth an extra £82,000 this year. Bill Galvin’s pay package had risen from £484,000 to £566,000, said a spokeswoman for the Universities Superannuation

Emotions run high on university pickets

Ashley Hayward stands anxiously on the picket line outside the Senate House library in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London. As cries of: “Don’t go to your classes today, don’t cross the picket,” ring out, the stress tells on the 19-year-old’s face. Edging forward, the first-year ancient-languages student seems distressed and a little angry. “I completely agree with the lecturers, but I am paying for my education and my teacher

‘Counting every school shooting so it never seems normal’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Every victim must count: A makeshift memorial outside the school shooting in Parkland, Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week joined a grim list of murderous US school shootings, alongside Sandy Hook elementary school and Columbine high school. But what about Marshall County High Schoolin Benton, Kentucky? Or Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California? These were both sites

Universities braced for 14 days of strikes over pensions

Image copyright UCU Image caption The month-long strike programme will affect 64 universities A month of strikes over changes to lecturers’ pensions, affecting a total of 64 universities and more than a million students, is starting. Academics are walking out at universities from York to Bangor, and including Oxford and Cambridge. Petitions signed by 80,000 students, many backing the lecturers, are demanding refunds for lost teaching. But the employers’ group

‘Little student support’ for varying tuition fees

More than 60% of students would not back varying price tags for different degree courses, a survey suggests. Many of the 1,019 students questioned also opposed lower fees for those from poorer backgrounds. The findings are in a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute which argues that the benefits of varying fees by degree are “largely illusory”. They come days after the prime minister launched a review of tuition

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy bans ‘McDonald’s’ hairstyle

Image caption The school has brought in a new hairstyle policy for boys A school has banned a series of “extreme hairstyles, including one known as “Meet me at McDonald’s”. The style is one of six deemed “unacceptable” for boys at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in Norfolk. “Uniform and appearance are a key part of developing school ethos,” a letter to parents read. A spokesman for the school, which has

MPs investigate impact of social media and screens on youth

Image copyright Getty Images Are you concerned about the impact social media and screen-use are having on young people? If so, MPs are looking to hear your thoughts. The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The committee says it wants to hear the views of young people themselves, as well as of teachers and youth

Jersey to consider paying students’ tuition fees

Image copyright PA Image caption The States of Jersey said the estimated cost of attending university in the UK was now about £20,000, “depending on location” The “significant” rise in UK university costs is one of the reasons a British island is looking to increase its funding to students. It comes as the prime minister has called for better value for students paying tuition fees in England. Jersey’s government said