Figures released today show an increase in overall numbers of young people going to university. However, UCU warned that a raft of policies will do little to close the gap between the numbers of wealthy and poor students choosing higher education.
Commenting on polling commissioned by the TES that has found only a quarter of young people were told about apprenticeships in their career lessons at school, UCU today called for investment in proper information, advice and guidance systems for school-leavers.
Durham University has been asked to clarify whether or not it pays all its teaching staff after extracurricular classes being taught by unpaid volunteers in the university's theology and religion department were advertised on the university's website.
David Willetts's call for a 'cultural change back towards teaching' in UK universities is at odds with his government's creation of a 'funding monster' that values research as the holy grail of academia, says UCU today.