The number of part-time students in English universities now stands at 139,000 - nearly half the 2010 total of 259,000 students, says a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) released today.
The University of Salford has announced that it plans to axe all modern foreign languages (MFL) courses after 2017, despite a review which recommended that they be maintained as part of combined degree study.
The Universities and Colleges' Employers Association (UCEA) has offered a 2% pay increase for UK higher education staff at the latest round of negotiations. This offer for 2014/15 will now be put to members of UCU in a consultative ballot.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is under fire for imposing a bizarre new contract on its professors which includes a clause stating that they may be prevented from doing their jobs, and excluded from the university's premises, but will still get paid.
An e-petition sent to the vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, calling for action to resolve the national higher education pay dispute, has secured over 1,100 signatures. The news comes ahead of the second round of 2014/15 pay talks between unions and university employers tomorrow (Tuesday 15 April).