Five Manifestos for Change in Higher Education

Three manifestos on University Governance have attracted our attention, and made us wonder ‘what would a UoB manifesto look like?’ 1. De Montfort University – ‘DMU Renewed. A Manifesto’ https://ucudemontfort.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/dmu-renewed-a-manifesto-for-change/ It covers the following matters: * Our governing principles: DMU as a public university * Governance * Finance * Teaching and Learning * Research * The Importance […]

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February 2019 – a bleak month for the UK Higher Education sector

State of Higher Education – please read the news below – all of them published just last week. Part of the list was compiled by @UUKSpin  1. University of Reading (£££ blackhole) https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/feb/09/reading-university-in-crisis-amid-questions-over-121m-land-sales 2. Swansea University (problematic Kuwait deal) https://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/swansea-university-600m-joint-venture-15798126 3. Cardiff Metropolitan University (VC/DVC vanished on ‘sick leave’) https://the-eye.wales/sick-with-fear/ 4. De Montfort University (conflict […]

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Karaoke Afternoon with UoB UNISON! (Sat 26th Jan at 3pm)

You are invited to a karaoke afternoon at Karaoke Box in Birmingham. Please note this is not a karaoke bar, you rent out the room and only sing in front of your group. Partners are welcome to join too! Karaoke at Karaoke Box, Birmingham (http://website.karaokebox.co.uk/birmingham/) Date: Saturday 26th January Time: 3pm-5pm Cost: £10 per person PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL […]

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UNISON meal

UNISON meal: Yesterday, branch committee and active members went out for a meal (photo attached). Next time, we would like to organise a social event where all branch members would be invited. If you have any ideas of what exactly we could do and where, please get in touch. We are considering organising a Karaoke […]

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Branch and Emergency HE motions on the Dubai campus to be discussed and voted on 12th December

Meeting on the 12th of December to vote on two Dubai Campus-related motions (5pm in 417 Muirhead Tower) At the next UNISON committee meeting, we will be voting on two motions regarding the Dubai Campus: a branch motion, and an emergency UNISON Higher Education Conference motion (the Conference will take place in early January). Please […]

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Durham University’s PhD student Matthew Hedges sentenced to life in prison in UAE

We are saddened to hear the shocking news that today, Matthew Hedges (Durham University PhD student) has been sentenced in UAE to life imprisonment.  BBC – live updates https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-tyne-46238426 BBC – article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46288510 FT: https://www.ft.com/content/53ceb434-ed7c-11e8-8180-9cf212677a57 The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-jailed-life-sentence-court-trial-uae-abu-bhabi-british-academic-a8644476.html   According to FT, his sentencing is for ‘allegedly spying on behalf of the UK Government’; a family spokesman said that […]

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