As UK industrial disputes drag on, should union rethink tactics?

UCU pushes on with shrinking rounds of strike action despite calls to regroup and rethink Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Tom Williams Summer came early the last time members of the UK’s main higher education union were on strike, with picket lines blessed with a rare bout of sunshine in mid-March. The announcement that further action is coming – including 10 days of strikes and a marking boycott – takes the long-running disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions into the summer itself, with campuses bracing for disruption during the all-important exam season.…

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UCU announces marking boycott and 10 days of strikes over pay

Staff at 41 universities may refuse to assess students’ work, meaning that graduations could be delayed, but exact dates for action are yet to be set. From Times Higher Education Source: Eleanor Bentall UK universities will be hit by a marking boycott and further strikes as part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions, but the University and College Union is yet to confirm when the action will take place. Delegates at the union’s special higher education conference decided on the next steps after a quarter of branches polled achieved a mandate to take…

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Russia seeks India ties as Western sanctions hit universities

Kremlin’s push on technological sovereignty met with skepticism as West shuns partnerships over Ukraine war From Times Higher Education Source: iStock Russia’s moves to reinforce national science capacity and strengthen research collaborations with India belie an increasingly worsening situation on the home front, academics have said. Isolated by Western institutions over the war on Ukraine, Russia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education has promoted strengthened domestic capacity and alliances in Asia. In a recent speech, Russian science minister Valery Falkov said Western sanctions were “not only restrictions, but also fundamentally new opportunities” for…

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Top universities in the world for global impact 2022

Explore the top 100 universities making a global impact in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings  From the crisis of plastic in the oceans to gender disparities in pay, the world’s biggest concerns are more and more in the minds of consumers and corporations. And no one understands the importance of tackling these better than universities and students.   But which universities are incorporating these global issues into their governance? And how can we measure the real impact that universities are making on their students and wider communities? Times Higher Education has put together the Impact…

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Happiness course ‘protected’ student well-being during pandemic

Running Bristol programme online still helped with student well-being compared with control group, study suggests  From Times Higher Education Source: iStock Running a university course on positive psychology during the pandemic appeared to have a “protective effect” on first-year students’ mental well-being, even though it was run online. Researchers at the University of Bristol compared the well-being of undergraduates who took the institution’s “Science of Happiness” course remotely with a control group of students who were due to take the course later in the year. They found that while those in the control…

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Young University Rankings 2022: fastest-rising regions

From Times Higher Education Newer institutions in almost all regions of the world are making progress, while Africa has the highest share of youngsters Young universities generally improve at a faster rate than their mature peers, but which countries are seeing the most rapid progress among their newly founded institutions? The maps below show the average score change for young and old universities by country from the 2021 to 2022 editions of the World University Rankings. Newer universities in mainland China are gaining the most ground, but institutions aged 50 years and under in…

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