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A Pretty Horrible Deal: Exploitative Conditions of PhD Research

In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham Keir Birchall discusses the exploitation of PHD students and the privileged position universities exploit to get them to work for free. Since the introduction of university tuition fees in 1998 marketisation has run rampant through the higher education sector. Over the past two decades, undergraduate numbers exploded so […]

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TEACHING TO SUFFER AS COVID-19 CAUSES CUTS AT UON

The UK’s higher education system is one of our most illustrious exports; consistently dominating global league tables for research and, most importantly, teaching. The University of Nottingham with its Russell Group status and campuses across two continents is no exception; at least for now. Due to financial strain caused by the Coronavirus epidemic UoN has […]

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Undoing Borders: An Interview With Cara Marsh

Cara Marsh is a graduating philosophy student at the University of Nottingham and co-founder of the people and planet campaigning organisation at the university. The campaign launches today and to mark it we have taken the opportunity to find out what they’re up to, why it matters and what can be done to help. How […]

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Cuts at The University of Nottingham: the end of quality research and teaching.

The University of Nottingham’s (UoN) finances will suffer due to the COVID-19 crisis, and they have chosen the lowest paid to take the hit. Behind the nice words and technical jargon of press releases lies a story of pay-cuts, lay-offs, and outsourcing. Students are expected to continue to pay exorbitant fees while teaching quality goes […]

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Making Workers Pay: The True Cost of Coronavirus in The University Sector.

For years universities in the UK have been operating as businesses. Increasingly for-profit, they have been shamelessly charging students high tuition fees, providing the bare minimum of service and spending money on management salaries and grandiose projects. The current crisis has made clear that universities do not care about workers, students, or research, only about […]

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THROWBACK: Why students occupied University of Nottingham building

A group of students occupied a lecture theatre at the University of Nottingham in a show of solidarity with striking teaching staff. Nottingham Student Solidarity (NSS), mostly made up of University of Nottingham students, occupied the Coates Road Auditorium on Monday, March 9 at around 6pm. The demonstration was intended to support university staff participating […]