Tag : jo johnson

“Fast-track” for your money back?

8 months ago / 0 comments

As you may or may not know, the UK government is trying to introduce fast-track university degrees nationwide. The policy was a key focal point of the new Higher Education and Research Act, which was pushed through by parliament just prior to the snap election last June. The idea behind … Read More

New Universities Minister Appointed

8 months ago / 0 comments

In Theresa May’s January reshuffle of the Cabinet, Universities minister Jo Johnson has been replaced by Sam Gyimah. Taking a look at what plans Gyimah has for higher education, his appointment could signal, most prominently, a move to reduce tuition fees – a policy which both Johnson and the former … Read More

Free Speech Rules to Hold Universities to Account

11 months ago / 0 comments

The Government has announced that Universities across England must uphold free speech and that action will be taken against universities who use “no platforming” and “safe spaces” to turn away controversial speakers.  Jo Johnson, the Universities Minister, said: “Free speech is one of the foundations on which our higher education … Read More

Conservative MP Scrutinised for “Sinister” Letter to Vice-Chancellors

11 months ago / 0 comments

A Conservative MP and government whip, Chris Heaton-Harris, has been sharply criticised for writing a letter to every Vice-Chancellor in the country asking for the names of professors who lecture in European affairs “with special reference to Brexit”. He also requested copies to the syllabuses and online lectures for any … Read More

Essay Cheats Face Major Crackdown

11 months ago / 0 comments

The universities watchdog has announced a tough clampdown on companies which help students cheat during their degrees. In an investigation last year by the Quality Assurance Agency, hundreds of companies were found to be producing work for students that would then be passed off as their own. Charges for services … Read More

Students Should Live Modestly, Claims Minister

12 months ago / 0 comments

Following headlines about maintenance loans leaving students short on cash every month, Jo Johnson, the Universities minister, has said students need “a frugal existence” in order to get by.  After being informed about the fact that many students struggle to cover their rent, Johnson said students can work or save, … Read More