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The marking boycott has been suspended, writes Alison Goddard.

Industrial action has been called off while talks on pension reforms continue between the University College Union and Universities UK. The BBC reports that there will be further talks in January. We have an article, available only to subscribers to HE, on how the marking boycott has been suspended.

There were more shenanigans in the Commons yesterday when Liam Byrne, the shadow universities and science minister, asked Greg Clark, in whose shadow he treads, about how he was going to fund the removal of the cap on home undergraduate numbers in England. Mr Clark replied: "The Treasury has allocated £550 million to pay for it, and it is fully funded." Mr Byrne was in possession of figures from the Commons library which show that £410 million was allocated in the 2013 autumn statement. He fired off a statement which read: "Either Greg Clark has got his figures wrong or he has just pulled an imaginary £80 million rabbit out of the hat." Mr Byrne says he has written to the minister to seek clarification on the point.

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