Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, insisted that Mr Heaton-Harris had been pursuing an “academic inquiry” that may “lead to a book on these questions”. However, Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman, said that because a book is “a private … Continue reading Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

Tory MP very angry his daughter received a pro-EU leaflet from her engineering lecturer

Angry that his daughter’s lecturer took a moment to hand her a leaflet about a protest regarding the EU, Tory MP Paul Scully took to twitter to complain that she pays £9,000 a year to learn engineering, not politics. Source: … Continue reading Tory MP very angry his daughter received a pro-EU leaflet from her engineering lecturer

“It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

Dear students, As some of you may be aware from recent media reports, a member of Parliament, Chris Heaton-Harris, has written to every vice chancellor in England, asking for the names of academic colleagues who are engaged in teaching ‘European … Continue reading “It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Downing Street issued a rebuke to the MP Chris Heaton-Harris on Tuesday, telling reporters he had not been acting in his capacity as a government whip when he wrote the letter to university leaders asking for details of professors lecturing … Continue reading No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

Prof David Green, vice-chancellor of Worcester University, felt a chill down his spine when he read the “sinister” request: “This letter just asking for information appears so innocent but is really so, so dangerous,” he says. “Here is the first … Continue reading Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Andrew Adonis, the Labour politician behind the introduction of tuition fees, asks how “we got from the idea of reasonable contribution to the cost of university tuition … to today’s Frankenstein monster of £50,000-plus debts” and says tuition fees of … Continue reading Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

The abolition of maintenance grants in 2015 has disproportionately affected the poorest, according the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Richer students would run up much smaller debts, it was found. Jack Britton, one of the IFS report’s authors, said that changes … Continue reading Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

Damian Green accepts Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters

Damian Green insists Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters, and thinks the issue of tuition fees and the subsequent debt must be discussed. He added: “If you wanted to say you want to reduce [fees] then either fewer … Continue reading Damian Green accepts Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters