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Bristol students to withhold rent over university’s ‘lack of support’

Hundreds of mainly first-year students in Bristol are poised to stage a rent strike in protest at the university’s treatment of people forced to self-isolate in halls and degree courses taught almost entirely online. According to organisers, more than 800 students have so far signed a pledge to withhold their rent to the university when…

‘It doesn’t feel like a drama course at all’: diary of...

Thousands of students across the UK have started university this year with online classes and virtual freshers’ week activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here, 19-year-old Tanisha Nicholas in Taunton, who is starting her first year studying drama and acting at UWE Bristol, describes what her university experience has been like so far. Monday I…

Bristol trainees informed to study at SS Great Britain due to...

Overcrowding in libraries and a severe shortage of desks have led to students at the University of Bristol being offered places to study at the SS Great Britain. The university’s history department has told students looking for somewhere quiet to revise during the January exam period that they can reserve desks at the site in…

‘Trainees have a bad name’: how cities are recovering the town...

Wild parties, chaotic flatshares and heavy drinking are viewed with affection as the youthful hijinks associated with university life – but not by everyone. With some universities rapidly expanding following the removal of the student numbers cap, these behaviours are fuelling a growing divide between students and their local communities. The past year has seen…

Air contamination eliminates 5 individuals in Bristol every week, research study...

Five people die each week in Bristol as a result of high levels of air pollution, a study has revealed. Researchers at King’s College London examined the combined impact of PM2.5, which is mainly from domestic wood and coal burning and industrial combustion and nitrogen dioxide, which mainly comes from older polluting vehicles. The fine…

We require to speak about slavery’s effect on everybody|Olivette Otele

When my new role as professor of the history of slavery at the University of Bristol was announced, some people’s reaction was, “about time”. The role, in which I will research the university’s ties with enslavement, will bring together various existing scholarships, and is part of a debate that has been taking place for decades.…

‘It’s celebration main’: the Bristol citizens fed up with loud trainee...

Derrick Collier was feeling a little weary. “It’s party central around here. The students are taking over,” he said. “Last night two girls were hammering on the front door of the house opposite me at 3am for half an hour. It’s hard to get back to sleep after something like that.” Collier won’t bother contacting…

Bristol University spends for late-night authorities patrols targeting loud trainees

The University of Bristol is paying for night-time police patrols in areas around its campus after years of complaints from residents about loud parties and disruption caused by its growing number of students living in rented houses. While a number of British universities already fund or subsidise police activities to safeguard students and staff, Bristol…

‘Symbolically classy’ Bristol University broadening to incorrect side of tracks

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain. Bristol University, part of the…

‘She went through torture’: moms and dads criticise Bristol over trainee...

“They had six months to help but didn’t do anything.” That is the verdict of Natasha Abrahart’s parents. Margaret and Robert Abrahart have accused Bristol University and mental health services of letting down their student daughter who had severe social anxiety and was found hanged on the day she was due to give a daunting…

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