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Treat the cause, not the symptom of student protests by Tom P. Abales
Chicken pox marks only appear on the skin several days after people have been infected with the virus. When we consider the brief rise of the ‘Luddites’ in the second decade of the 19th century the same is true: the machinery they attacked was fully...
Student protesters must move beyond hashtags to real change -John Higgins
Protest movements are manifestos of a sort. Like manifestos, both political and aesthetic, they usually aim to create the support they need by seeking to identify a wrong, then proposing a way of righting it.
UCT ranks 148
UCT ranks 148 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
World University Rankings 2016-2017 analysis


Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Dublin: Universities to be penalised for gender inequality

Higher education institutions will risk funds being withdrawn if they do not address gender inequality, according to a new report.

The national review of gender equality in higher education, which was done by the Expert Group and commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), outlined the need for a greater gender balance of staff.

Story by Marése O’Sullivan, UTV, Dublin, 27 June 2016

Publication Date:
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:30
Student funding must be opened to public scrutiny

South Africa’s government is planning a major overhaul of its student funding system. This comes in the wake of protests at the country’s universities that saw students successfully freeze fee increases for the 2016 academic year.

Article by Temwa Moyo, Nimi Hoffmann and Sioux McKenna, 29 April 2016, University World News

Publication Date:
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 09:00
University leaders as ‘meaning makers’

Universities globally are increasingly challenged by disruptive innovation that is revolutionary, unpredictable and moving at an unprecedented pace. In this context, universities have to navigate demands for ever-increasing scrutiny from funders, regulatory bodies and societal stakeholders to be accountable for achieving public good purposes such as promoting social justice and equality.

An article by Heather Nel, 06 May 2016, University World News

Publication Date:
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 08:45
University lecturers on the breadline: is the UK following in America’s footsteps?

In the US, 76% of academics are in casual posts with little job security, and some are even on food stamps. There are growing fears that it could happen in the UK.

An article by Mary O'Hara, 17 November 2015, the Guardian

Publication Date:
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 11:45