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The University of Leicester's vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

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The University of Leicester's vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

Richard III isn't the only discovery at the University of Leicester, its vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education. As he prepares to retire, Lucy Hodges talks to colleagues about his legacy and his ongoing campaign to modernise degree classifications
Can he fix it? Bob Burgess aka ‘Bob The Builder’ wants to modernise degree marks

Richard III isn't the only discovery at the University of Leicester - its vice-chancellor Bob Burgess has shaken up higher education

As he prepares to retire, Lucy Hodges talks to colleagues about his legacy and his ongoing campaign to modernise degree classifications
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Cambridge University's Trinity College

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Science, maths, medicine and engineering degrees will all now require at least two A*s and one A

University and College Union threatens legal action against any university which docks the pay of lecturers who strike on Thursday

A union is threatening to take legal action against any university which docks its members a day's pay for taking part in upcoming strike action.

Professors' pay dispute with British universities escalates - as academics threaten to stop marking students' final exams

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