Media Coverage of London Economics’ Report for UCU

May 4, 2020

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The recent London Economics report for University and Colleges Union has received widespread media coverage since it was published on 23rd April. The report highlights the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on UK higher education institutions’ enrolments and finances.

Below are some of the articles written citing the report:

FE News: “Huge financial shortfall for universities as foreign students shun UK”

Times Higher Education: “‘No university should be allowed to go bust,’ says Labour shadow minister”,

BBC Wales: “Coronavirus: Universities ‘may lose £98m’ due to pandemic”

The Guardian: “Loss of international student fees could decimate UK research”

The Telegraph: “Universities face toughest challenge as pandemic puts £2.5bn black hole in their finances”

Times Higher Education: “Help students more to win £2 billion bailout, says ex-HE minister”

FE News: “Our universities need proper support in the months ahead”

The Times: “Universities face meltdown without a proper rescue package”

The Times: “Mergers may be the price of bailout cash for universities”

The PIE News: “UK unis face £2.5bn “black hole”, those relying on int’l students hit hardest”

BBC Northern Ireland: “Northern Ireland universities face losing ”more than £140m'”

BBC Wales: “Cardiff University ‘could lose £110m in income'”

The Mancunion: “UCU respond to plans for staff pay cuts and terminations at UoM”

Brinkwire: “Universities are expecting 230,000 fewer students – that’s serious financial pain”

France 24: “UK universities hit by virus outbreak fallout”

Le Monde: “La pandemie due au coronavirus fragilise les universites Britanniques”

Yorkshire Post: “Universities fighting virus need Government support as 60,000 job losses feared”

FE News : “The Government has announced £2.6bn support to protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus”

Times Higher Education: “Government support package could ‘negatively impact’ English sector”

Chartered Management Institute: “GROW: How universities and students can transform and thrive in COVID-19″

Glasgow Times: “‘Unacceptable’ for Glasgow University to sack teaching staff, says Labour MSP”

Chronicle Live: “North East universities predicted to lose £118m to coronavirus, costing nearly 1,500 jobs”

Wales Online: “The enormous financial threat facing Welsh universities because of coronavirus”

Chronicle Live: “Durham University warns of further action to reduce impact of coronavirus on business”

Nature: “Universities will never be the same after the coronavirus crisis”