Students and lecturers are warning that theology and religious studies departments in British universities could be under threat due to cuts in higher education funding. Bangor University will this year accept new theology students for the last time, while staff at Birmingham have warned that they will consider strike action to resist compulsory redundancies.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable has triggered a mixed reaction after saying that university students will “almost certainly” have to pay more towards their education, in contrast to the Liberal Democrats' previous approach.
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) has welcomed the involvement of Christian students in a national day of action aimed at ending universities’ links with arms companies. They said "Jesus would oppose the arms trade”.
Students across the UK will stage a day of action today aimed at “kicking the arms trade off campus”. The last year has seen demonstrations and occupations in protest at universities’ links to arms companies.
Christian students from across Britain have prayed for courage to engage in activism and mission at the end of the annual conference of the Student Christian Movement (SCM), which took place in Derbyshire this weekend.