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Miguel Escotet: "Dogma has no place in university culture."
Tuition fees and education contracts took over from funding body grants as the most important income source for UK universities in the most recent full academic year, according to the latest statistics.
Student protesters fought with police outside the Cambridge Union on Friday as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who resigned over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid, addressed the university's famous debating society.
Call for earnings to be made public to help repair gender rift in salaries.
The Tories austerity policies are punishing millions of ordinary people through cuts in real wages, soaring unemployment and the slashing of public services. The 30 November Day of Action called by the TUC and trade unions ( Strike action looms , 4 November) across our public services is a clear expression of public opposition to the government's economic agenda of cuts and privatisation. Millions of public-sector employees will take action against the Tory pension plans – changes that would force them to work longer, pay more and receive less. The Tories are hoping to divide opinion and undermine opposition by claiming public sector workers have gold-plated pensions . Yet in the four main national schemes, the majority of pensions paid are around £100 a week and in the Local Government scheme half get less than £60 a week.
A Scottish professor is making the case for allowing students to sell one of their kidneys in order to pay off student loans. According to a report from The Scotsman , Sue Rabbitt Roff of Dundee University argues in an article in the British Medical Journal that students should be allowed to do whatever is necessary to pay off their crushing debt. "We are allowing young people to undertake £20,000 to £30,000 of university fee payments," she told The Scotsman . "We allow them to burden themselves with these debts. Why can't we allow them to do a very kind and generous thing but also meet their own needs?"
Cambridge has told Offa that it expects the proportion of state school students it admits next year to remain static. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Cambridge University fears it will attract fewer students from the state sector next year, despite government expectations that universities charging £9,000 in tuition fees would "dramatically" increase their intake from disadvantaged communities. Documents submitted to the Office for Fair Access (Offa), and seen by the Observer, reveal that Cambridge's initial target, following the rise in fees, will be merely to maintain the status quo.