Durham University will face greater government scrutiny over Vice-Chancellors’ pay, grade inflation and accessibility for disadvantaged students, according to the newly published regulatory framework of the Office for Students (OfS).
Industrial action orchestrated by the University and College Union (UCU) was approved by 88% of Durham UCU members.
Ms Martin categorically denies any wrongdoing and has hit back at her critics, claiming she is the victim of “racism and classism”.
A ballot presented to Durham’s teaching staff resulted in 88% approval for strike action and 93% support for other forms of industrial action, with a 57% turnout.
The most recent available admissions data shows that in 2015/16, 60.5% of Durham students came from state schools, compared to 39.5% from independent schools.
A new study claims that in 2015/16, the 24 elite institutions together contributed a total to the UK economy equivalent to eight months’ expenditure on the NHS.
Despite recent success, there appears a clear mismatch between Durham’s reputation in Britain compared to its standing across the globe.