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Gavin Williamson announces measures designed to protect academic freedom

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced stringent new measures this week which aim to prevent free speech and academic freedom being infringed upon in higher education institutions. Upon implementation of the regulations, the Office for Students will be able to fine universities for breaching these rules. Williamson expressed concern that universities are no longer […]

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Students in Northern Ireland to receive £500 ‘disruption payment’

In an announcement by the Economy Minister for Northern Ireland, Diane Dodds, students were informed that they would receive a £500 “Covid Disruption Payment” to recognise the difficulties faced by students as a result of the pandemic. Students enrolled in institutions across the rest of the UK have, as of yet, not been offered an […]

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Sturgeon faces backlash over slow vaccine roll out

The First Minister is being criticised over a lack of consistency in the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine to GP’s, causing many to question whether the country is keeping up with the rest of the UK. It was initially anticipated that the over-80’s would be vaccinated by the end of January however, this target has […]

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Scotland announces stricter lockdown measures to curb “critical and dangerous” rise in cases

This afternoon, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced additional lockdown measures which will be implemented from Saturday the 16th. In an attempt to “maximise the impact of lockdown” the current restrictions are to be strengthened. Residents in tier 4 areas are only allowed to leave and remain outside their home for essential purposes. Working from home […]

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University outlines plans for phased return as students and EUSA raise concerns

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Scottish government laid out their plans for students’ return to university campuses in January.  It was determined that students will return over a staggered six-week period.  Those who are not able to return immediately will be expected to initially study from home.  An email to students on Wednesday […]

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Students take aim at the “false representation” of hybrid learning in semester one

At the start of the semester, Peter Mathieson announced the University of Edinburgh’s plans to adopt a “hybrid” approach to teaching this current academic year.  The intention was for students to be able to attend as much teaching in person as is possible, with the rest online.  With little further detail provided about the form […]

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PM pledges major reforms to post-18 education

From next April, adults with no Level Three qualifications will be able to undertake college courses for free. Speaking from a college on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new lifetime skills guarantee intended to boost productivity and reduce unemployment in the UK post Covid-19.  Amongst other new schemes, the government will be funding […]