About the network

15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

We are now turning this community of over 500,000 academics into something tangible.

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Private company lobbies for de-regulation of UK universities

UK private education company BPP College has been lobbying the new coalition government for further de-regulation of the rules governing university status in moves that would open the door for the further expansion of the private sector. A story in the Times Higher Education magazine appeared to confirm what UCU has suspected, that BPP has [...]

The Perils of Branch Campuses

As more and more universities and colleges seek out alleged fortunes overseas by setting up branch campuses, nagging questions linger about the financial stability of these ventures.  We are being told by governments and employers alike that money is scarce after all.  So surely our administrators are being careful about how they are spending their [...]