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Chief Executive of the lecturers pension scheme.

The chief executive of the lecturers' pension scheme at the centre of a university strike received a 17% pay rise worth an extra £82,000 this year.

Bill Galvin's pay package had risen from £484,000 to £566,000, said a spokeswoman for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Running costs for the university pension scheme were £125m per year - including two staff earning over £1m.

Mr Galvin has described the pension scheme as "excellent value".

The pensions scheme now has a £6bn deficit and striking lecturers say that plans to tackle the shortfall will cut their retirement income by £10,000 per year.

Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers' union, said: "Whatever happens with this dispute, it is time for a proper look at what is happening with USS.

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Damian Hinds - Education Secretary - his plans for education.

 

The night Damian Hinds was selected as Tory candidate for East Hampshire in the 2010 election, he was asked what job he would most like in government. “I said I would like to be a minister at the Department for Education,” he recalled.

Nearly a decade on Hinds has his wish, elevated to the cabinet as education secretary, a rare appointment in Theresa May’s botched reshuffle that was widely praised by MPs. Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and Nick Timothy, May’s former chief of staff, have both tipped him as a future leadership candidate but he is largely unknown to the public.

 

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Review of tuition fees.

The prime minister has called for better value for students in England, but has ruled out completely scrapping tuition fees.

Theresa May has launched her review of tuition fees and university funding, to be chaired by the author and financier, Philip Augar.

Labour has said it would abolish fees and bring back maintenance grants.

But Mrs May said scrapping fees would push up taxes and mean limiting the number of university places.

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Department for Education reviewing its security advice for schools.

Former home secretary John Reid warns 'schools are among the major soft targets that should be protected'

The Department for Education is reviewing its security advice for schools in the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks.

The news follows calls from unions and security experts for the government to give schools information about whether they should practise lock down procedures in case of an emergency.

Labour peer Lord Harris of Haringey, a former member of the Police Counter Terrorism Board, last week asked ministers “what measures they are taking to protect nurseries and schools from terrorist attacks”.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford told peers: “Clearly, the last year has been unprecedented in terms of security generally and our schools are no less vulnerable.

“The DfE is currently reviewing its health, safety and school security advice, giving consideration to how guidance material can improve advice that is given to schools.”

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Review by MPs of Unis offering unconditional offer "for fees".

MPs are to review whether students applying to universities are being offered unconditional places in order to secure their fees.

The number of unconditional offers made by universities rose more than 17-fold in five years.

Unconditional offers mean students do not have to worry about the grades they get in their A-levels.

Robert Halfon, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, said he was "very concerned" about the issue.

"It's one of the reasons why our committee is doing a value-for-money inquiry into universities and higher education.

"I think part of it is unfortunately just to do with resources and funding.

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