Toxicity and Wrongdoing in Universities - Media Articles


"Your indiscretions – on occasion, even your crimes – will be kept quiet through regimes of fear. Threaten lawsuits, repercussions, closed-off opportunities. The more people cave to fear, the more they become implicated in shared guilt and work to maintain silence whether they want to or not. Colleagues who used to get along fine will be divided by resentment of their mutual failure to stand up to you."

Ten rules for succeeding in academia through upward toxicity, Irina Dumitrescu



What to do about our toxic universities?

‘Out of touch universities are losing nation’s trust’, Policy Exchange report finds

PhDs: the tortuous truth

Universities need to lose 'sense of entitlement'

Performance-driven culture is ruining scientific research

Academia is built on exploitation. We must break this vicious circle

UK academia ‘increasingly unsafe’ working environment

Box-ticking is the inevitable result of top-down impositions

Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture

Thousands of UK academics 'treated as second-class citizens'

How scottish universities are failing our young

Market economics has driven universities into crisis – and we’re all paying the price

University lecturer who was accused of beating student and rubbing salt in her eyes withdraws appeal

University of Warwick hiding data security risks from students and staff

Oxford lecturer admits producing indecent photographs

Oxford lecturer who wrote about 'ethics of child pornography' admits producing indecent images

Former Oxford University lecturer who wrote about ‘ethics of child pornography’ jailed for indecent images

Oxford professor sentenced to jail in France over child abuse images

‘It’s cut-throat’: half of UK academics stressed and 40% thinking of leaving

There’s more to being a scientist than just doing science

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

UK academics must stand up to stop universities becoming sweatshops

Competition drives researchers to counselling – and exit door

Casualised staff ‘dehumanised’ in UK universities

Suspend your studies if you don’t have a laptop, Uni of York told its students

Lecturers went on strike over insecure jobs – now we fear coronavirus cuts

UoL Student Services accidentally emails confidential info to entire cohort

Student complaints at University of Warwick almost double in a year

UK academic faculty staff members excoriate university-management practices in survey

Warwick University kept data hack secret from students and staff

The commercialisation of British universities

More students say university not value for money

A visionary to save the Open University – or the man who will run it into the ground?

Vice-Chancellor suggests he deserves salary of £360,000 as he has to oversee huge staff redundancies

Open University gave away £13 million in severance payments last year despite claiming they are broke, HESA figures reveal

Vice chancellor of the Open University quits amid a row over funding after he accused lectures of getting away with 'not teaching' for decades

Open University plans major cuts to number of staff and courses

Universities: Coronavirus lockdown and strikes by lecturers mean fewer students see uni as value for money

Fewer students say degree is ‘good value for money’ amid Covid-19 and strikes

Fewer students say degree is ‘good value for money’ amid Covid-19 and strikes (ITV)

'UNACCEPTABLE' Students demand refunds on tuition fees claiming university lecturers have abandoned them

Beware of Gaslighting

I wish we could talk more openly about mental health in academia

Pressure Vessels: The epidemic of poor mental health among higher education staff

Two controversial stem cell trials could harm patients, critics say

‘Don’t frighten the students’: the crisis of academic freedom in the managed university

British universities fail at research integrity self-regulation

Office for Students? It’s the Office Against Students and it is not going to last

Meet the people – a lesson in asking the public the right question about universities

‘Mafia’ culture kept abuser Kevin O’Gorman in university job

Psychopathic behaviour is a hidden problem in higher education


Christ Church Oxford Feud

The alma mater of 13 Prime Ministers, Christ Church is Oxford's grandest college... but now a toxic feud among its dons is set to spill out in court – threatening what one distinguished alumnus calls 'a horror movie'

Oxford dons and dean of Christ Church in feud over email slurs

A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel

Oxford University’s mortar‑board mafia meets the evangelicals in a tale of biblical intrigue

Christ Church Oxford tries to silence defence of dean

Oxford don held in theft case was given huge loan by Christ Church college

A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel

Bitter row ruining Oxford college reputation, says watchdog

Oxford college rocked by allegations of leaks and blackmail


Suicides in Universities

‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds

Student who killed herself was ‘failed’ by mental health services

Number of Cambridge students going to counselling for anxiety has doubled in six years

UK student suicide rate ‘rises by 56 per cent in 10 years’

Suicides at record level among U.K. students


Cover-Ups and Misuse of Non-Discolure Agreements (NDAs)

UK universities spent £87m on 'gagging orders' to keep bullying and sexual misconduct claims quiet

Millions spent on non-disclosure agreements in North East

UK universities face 'gagging order' criticism

University of Warwick spends nearly £1.5m on settlement agreements in four years

NDAs: UK universities misusing 'gagging orders' described as 'outrage'

UK universities pay out £90m on staff 'gagging orders' in past two years

I learned firsthand how British universities are silencing abuse survivors

Oxford college officials backed plans to protect Rhodes memorial

'Naked intimidation': how universities silence academics on social media

UK universities have paid more than $1.6 million in hush money in the past few years to silence sexual assault accusers, according to a bombshell report

North East universities pay thousands to students to stop them going public with complaints

Sexual assault claims 'gagged' by UK universities

Nearly 200 staff made redundant and 31 paid off at Falmouth University in seven years

University expulsion threat 'for crying over sexual assault'

Durham pays out £177,000 to silence students with NDAs

Ulster University spends £226k on staff 'gagging clauses'

Oxford University bosses slam their 'ridiculous' students after they 'no-platformed' former Home Secretary Amber Rudd - but admit they were powerless to stop them

Christ Church Oxford tries to silence defence of dean

Universities must stop gagging staff who have been victims of sexual assault, minister warns

Oxford among top ‘gagging’ universities


Report: The unis who don’t know how many of their students are dying by suicide

Call for universities to stop keeping students and parents in dark on crime stats


How Universities Cover Up Scientific Fraud

In UK universities there is a daily erosion of integrity


Financial Issues and Financial Wrongdoing

Glasgow Uni covered up an investigation revealing tens of thousands of pounds, incl money from students, was funnelled into “unorthodox” bank accounts that were “clearly open to abuse”.

University rich list revealed as figures show over 4,000 staff are paid more than £100,000 a year

Half of elite university bosses handed larger pay packets despite crackdown

The financial health of our institutions: are we measuring the right things?

Former Dundee University principal can stay in luxury flat despite claims he failed to pay rent

Wellcome Trust spends £114,000 on lawyers to defeat Onslow Square leaseholder in £6,000 dispute

Big university gender pay gap revealed


Nearly three quarters of British universities fall in global rankings

Why are UK universities falling in the global rankings?

UK universities record worst performance to date in international league tables

UK universities suffer worst-ever rankings in world league table


De Montfort University officials caught lobbying to get honour for vice-chancellor

New report urges De Montfort University to make changes at the top

Professor Moneybags: £350k salary, a rent-free flat, and £57k on travel expenses... how the man who ran a university ranked 67th in Britain is an object lesson in why such institutions are on the brink of bankruptcy

University chancellor who resigned amid bullying allegations was paid £480,000 in his final year, new accounts reveal

Former DMU vice-chancellor Dominic Shellard left with a £479k financial package


Police investigate alleged bribery at Swansea University

Swansea University sack vice chancellor and dean of management school for gross misconduct

Newcastle University lecturer slams 'callous' axeing of staff during coronavirus pandemic

University of Birmingham annual accounts raise serious questions over accounting practices across the sector

Oxford University criticised for accepting oligarch's £75m donation


Half of elite university bosses handed larger pay packets despite crackdown

Imperial College London head Alice Gast tops universities pay league with £554,000

Universities accused of 'importing Sports Direct model' for lecturers' pay

Uni Vice Chancellors face parliamentary investigation into their rising pay

Vice-Chancellor’s salary criticised by Cambridge groups

We're just scapegoats over pay and tuition fees, says university chief: Vice Chancellors' new boss claims institutions are being unfairly labelled as elite

Is this the end of the 'fat-cat' university bosses?

University VC average salary package hits $890,000

Universities could face 'significant' fines over vice-chancellor pay packages, regulator warns

Fatcat Vice Chancellors are a symptom of higher education's obsession with money

Universities could face 'significant' fines over vice-chancellor pay packages, regulator warns

Fat cat university bosses who decide their OWN pay: 95% of vice chancellors sit on salary panels or go to meetings

Fat cat university bosses raking in £332,000 each — with some salaries reaching up to £500,000

The fat cats have got their claws into our universities, and will eat them up

University heads feathering nests with salary top-ups, claims union

Vice-chancellors paid £500,000 or more at six universities in England

UCU Universities' VCs' pay and Table of VCs' pay



From Oxford to Adelaide: Ancient DNA expert Alan Cooper's bullying and harassment has left a trail of psychological damage and wrecked careers [[Update Dec 20, 2019: Cooper fired]]

Should those running universities declare if they are masons?



UK universities turn to private market as debts rack up 

Universities, finance capital and the impact of Covid-19

Being set up to fail? The battle to save the UK’s Universities from speculative finance

These are the UK unis taking out the most gigantic loans

Warning over UCL finances after rapid expansion

Credit crisis at Oxbridge: Universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester see their credit ratings hit as campus finances face a squeeze

Fighting over students, debts on the rise and little prospect of an early return to normal, will universities survive Covid-19?

Ratings agency warns of 'negative outlook' on seven institutions

Universities including Oxford and Cambridge at risk of downgrade in donor drought, warns Moody’s

Nearly 25% of English universities in deficit last year, figures show

Number of English universities in financial deficit increases

Will recruiting more home students be enough to help providers who will lose out internationally?

Spiralling costs, high debt and Brexit: can UK universities survive?

Universities are pleading for a bailout to paper over their failures

More than quarter of UK HE institutions post deficits

Number of English universities in financial deficit increases

We won't bail out failing universities, says higher education regulator

UCL accused of risking financial ‘body blow’ as borrowing doubles in a year

Fines for universities using low offers to ‘poach’ students from rivals

Unis could go bust if coronavirus keeps international students away, experts warn

Coronavirus: Universities fear fall in lucrative overseas students

Coronavirus: which of the UK’s famous institutions face financial ruin?

Coronavirus: Universities warn of going bust without emergency funds

British universities were already in crisis before the pandemic. Will they survive Covid-19?

How can universities climb out of the coming financial abyss?

Half of £65m Sheffield building project to be torn down in huge blow for university

Universities face a financial storm – that's why we need government help

Durham University faces backlash over 'radical' plans to cut face-to-face teaching by up to 25 per cent in the new academic year amid the coronavirus crisis

Universities want £2bn bailout as foreign students stay away

Oxford University puts its staff on furlough... but Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson gets to KEEP her £452k-a-year pay package

Cambridge University is seeking financial help from the Government, vice-Chancellor reveals

Uni furloughs staff whilst Vice Chancellor keeps £450k salary

Staff refused access to furlough scheme demand apology from University of the West of Scotland

56% of Durham staff on precarious contracts as pandemic increases job insecurity

Top universities warn students will lose their place if they defer in an effort to avoid half-empty courses and a drastic drop in tuition fee income

Newcastle University has terminated the contracts of 8 Politics staff members

Temporary work at £9 an hour. No wonder lecturers are balloting to strike

UK universities plead for billions of pounds in support

Coronavirus Exposes Class Conflict in Britain’s Universities

Unimaginable consequences

Universities must learn from banks to survive after Covid-19 shutdown

Universities ask government for £2bn bailout after loss of high tuition fees from overseas students - with less than 40% of the 120,000 from China expected to return after lockdown

Ministers may move university applications to after A-level results

Even before coronavirus, UK university finances were on the brink

Government 'could bail out top universities if in financial danger'

Hundreds of university staff to be made redundant due to coronavirus

Oxford University workers 'face uncertain future' says campaign group

University proposes online-only degrees as part of radical restructuring

'I feel like a number': unhappy UK students blocked from deferring studies

Covid-19 shows up UK universities' shameful employment practices

Students complain they are not getting value for their £9k tuition fees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and lecturer strikes, research shows

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a crisis in the UK universities

Institutions at risk due to Covid-19: a tool kit for members and negotiators



Source: Nature's PhDs: the tortuous truth