University leadership

Open University ‘at the heart of switch to a green UK economy’ | Education

Heading the Open University, a British institution venerated on a par with the NHS, would be a huge responsibility, Tim Blackman, its new vice-chancellor, was warned by fellow university leaders. But, they said, “we all believe in the OU”. There have been times in the past few years when this veneration has been tested. The government’s decision in 2012 to raise tuition fees and cut grants delivered a shock to the OU’s business model, which relied on mature and part-time…

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As a university leader, I think we can afford a better pensions deal for striking staff | Anthony Forster | Education

University lecturers are striking for the second over pensions at the end of the month. As a university vice-chancellor, I know that members of the University and College Union will not have voted for this lightly. Staff are deeply committed to their universities and the success of their students and the vote reflects the strength of feeling about the future of their pensions and working conditions. I too am disappointed that the pension scheme trustees have not struck the right…

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University vice-chancellor given £270k payoff after resigning | Education

The vice-chancellor of De Montfort University, who resigned earlier this year in advance of an investigation that has since identified “significant and systemic” failings in governance, was awarded £270,000 on his departure, it has been confirmed. Dominic Shellard left his £350,000-a-year post in February, just before the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), launched a formal investigation into the Leicester institution. Revealing its decision on Monday, the OfS said: “We found weaknesses and failings in the university’s management and…

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‘It’s a dangerous time’: can UK and US universities survive funding cuts? | Education

Vice-chancellors in Britain are united in the view that this is the most challenging time to run a university in modern history. They are fighting to limit the damage of Brexit, which they fear will hit their recruitment and retention of great staff and students, crush vital research collaboration, and remove billions of pounds of funding. They are also wrestling with the likelihood of a major cut to tuition fees, with little hope in the sector that the government will…

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