Curbing university bosses' pay 'won't solve funding crisis'

Curbing university bosses' pay 'won't solve funding crisis'

Image caption Issues like student poverty and debt will not be solved only by curbing vice-chancellors’ pay, says the NUSSky-high pay among university chiefs is “hard to stomach” but tackling it will not alone solve the higher education funding crisis, a National Union of Students official has told MPs. “There are wider issues for students,” Amatey Doku, NUS vice president, told the Education Select Committee. But Nicola Dandridge, who runs the new higher education watchdog, said vice-chancellors’ pay must be addressed. “Some salaries are out of kilter,” said Ms Dandridge….

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Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWoody Johnson tells Today the US president was not “namby-pamby” about voicing his opinionsThe US ambassador to Britain said he expects Donald Trump to visit the UK in the new year despite his recent Twitter row with Theresa May. Woody Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the disagreement was “probably misinterpreted”. Mrs May had said Mr Trump was “wrong” to share videos posted by the far-right group Britain First, prompting an online backlash from the US president. Mr Johnson said…

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Clive Lewis cleared by Labour over sexual harassment claim

Clive Lewis cleared by Labour over sexual harassment claim

Clive Lewis, the Labour MP and former shadow business secretary, has been cleared of allegations of sexual harassment after a party investigation, the Guardian understands. Lewis, the MP for Norwich South, was accused of grabbing a female Labour member’s bottom at a fringe event at the party’s conference in September. The woman told the Independent last month: “We had a hug and while we were having a hug he gave my bum a big squeeze.” Lewis had previously apologised after it emerged he told a man to “get on your…

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Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyrightHouse of Commons A senior Labour MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP should not have used Parliamentary resources for the review. The £2.97 repayment was the cost of House of Commons stationery, she said. Read more about the inquiry into Dame Margaret Hodge The code of conduct states…

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Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum calls

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum calls

Image copyrightGetty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be no second referendum and Labour spokesman Paul Blomfield said he understood the “frustration” behind the petitions but ruled one out. The SNP’s Peter Grant said he would not rule out another Brexit referendum at this stage…

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