Manchester University braced for losses of more than £270m | Education

The vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester has said the institution faces losses in excess of £270m next year if students cancel their studies because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell told staff that job losses and pay cuts might be required, along with “rapid and radical changes to our university and the way we operate”. Her stark assessment came after a report from the University and College Union (UCU) forecast that the sector could lose about £2.5bn…

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University of Manchester to review fossil fuel shares after student protest | Education

The University of Manchester has said it will review its £12m investment in fossil fuel firms after a seven-day protest by students who threatened to go on hunger strike. Students from the protest group People and Planet had occupied one of the university’s buildings for the past week in a demonstration against its multimillion-pound investment in fossil fuel companies. The university said it recognised “the urgency of the issue” and committed to bringing forward a review of its investment portfolio.…

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Manchester University students paint over Rudyard Kipling mural | Education

Students at the University of Manchester have painted over a mural of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, arguing that the writer “dehumanised people of colour”. The poem If, which was written around 1895, had been painted on the wall of the university’s newly refurbished students’ union. But students painted over the verses, replacing them with the 1978 poem Still I Rise by theUS poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. In a statement on Facebook, Sara Khan, the union’s liberation…

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