What the (University and College Union) UCU has exposed at both a national level and within individual universities is the shocking level of precarity in the sector. This is set to be a long struggle for the principle of public education.
I feel it necessary to begin with a reminder of what I’m talking about when I refer to cybernetics. Since ‘cybernetic’ can evoke a range of ideas which might include… Read more »
Having completed an analysis of the systemic problems with my own institution(s), it is now time to think about what needs to be done. Much of what I have been… Read more »
While the English HE sector as done well financially in the last eight years, there is a culture of risk aversion within the university. In this post I think about the issues and consider some of the effects on my Faculty and on my work in education.
Remarks for the discussion at the Senate House, University of Cambridge on 6 November on the use of funds from £600 million bond issue Deputy Vice Chancellor. The Council has… Read more »
There have been some conversations in the University, I understand, that there are too many graduate students competing for too few academic jobs. There was some discussion also that we… Read more »
This post follows my previous on a proposed new nursery at the University of Cambridge. Following a campaign by staff in the Faculty of Education, the university balloted eligible staff… Read more »
Workplace nursery and childcare provision in the University of Cambridge falls well short of the demand for places. In recent decades in the UK nursery provision, which used to be… Read more »
The text of an ‘open’ email I sent to the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, University and College Union members, but also addressing all members of the Faculty Community… Read more »
The current dispute between the University and College Union (UCU) and the representative body of the employers, Universities UK (UUK), is over imposed cuts to pension benefits. According to the… Read more »