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University leaders commit to pension talks as strikes begin

University leaders have written to the University and College Union to formally outline their commitment to continuing to work with UCU to deliver long-term reform of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The move comes as UCU members at 60 universities begin strike action in disputes over both pensions and pay.

Gateway to university expertise now provides 'smart match' with business

A platform providing a single access point for businesses to university expertise and funding opportunities has been further developed by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Research England, and UK Research and Innovation, to help 'smart match' business and industry with higher education institutions, in a bid to boost R&D collaboration. Shivaun Meehan, Head of Communications at the NCUB, outlines the latest features of Konfer.

UK-China agreement will boost joint research and student exchanges

A new UK-China Strategic Framework in Education agreement signed by UK universities minister Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren will see the two countries working more closely together on academic research, student exchanges, and the creation of new institutions.

A total of 23 education agreements were signed at the 8th UK-China Education Summit in London, paving the way for expanding collaboration across higher, vocational and school education, and to work closely together in sports education.

Agreements were signed to increase exchanges among researchers in the UK and China and to build their skills to enable further collaborations.

Jo Johnson commented: "Our relationship with China is entering a new phase of scientific and educational collaboration on an unprecedented scale. Our agreement will bring researchers together to address global challenges, change the lives of young people through better access to sports, and build partnerships across school, vocational and higher education to provide students in both countries with the right skills to become the leaders of the future."

 

 

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