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Students at London’s Royal Academy of Music ‘feared reporting sexual misconduct’

An independent review investigating claims of sexual harassment and misconduct at the Royal Academy of Music has revealed “a widespread culture among students of the fear of ‘speaking out’”.The conservatoire was rocked by allegations of impropriety and harassment last December, when more than a dozen students claimed teachers had asked them for sexual favours or…

Living a Double Life: Life as a First-Generation Student

I am living a double life. It’s nothing like Hannah Montana, although I wouldn’t complain about the luxuries of living the rock star life by night. I don’t shoot webs from my wrists or hold superhuman strength like Peter Parker or Clark Kent, but much like any other first-generation teenager, my life splits into different…

The Guardian view on ‘idleness grants’: inspirational thinking | Editorial

Ever since Max Weber spotted the role of the protestant work ethic in inspiring modern capitalism, there have been rebellions against the idea that a useful life is necessarily a busy one. Take the libertarian Marxist Herbert Marcuse, who in the 1960s denounced an America he saw as run by mediocre managers and technocrats. The…
Student artists exhibit their final shows online – in pictures

Student artists exhibit their final shows online – in pictures

Most universities and colleges have cancelled or postponed this year’s final degree shows as a result of Covid-19, to the frustration of art students who have worked toward them for years. Many have turned to virtual exhibitions instead. Here’s a selection of their work

Stormzy gives £500,000 to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students

Stormzy has donated £500,000 to fund educational scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of his commitment to becoming a major philanthropist supporting black British causes. His gift to the Black Heart Foundation is the first major funding arrangement made since the rapper announced plans in June to give away £10m over a decade…

Making poetry optional in GCSE English literature is out of tune...

Ofqual, the exams authority, has announced that next year schools won’t have to do all the components of English literature GCSE. Students must answer on Shakespeare, but can choose two out of three from the 19th-century novel, a modern drama or novel, and poetry, as represented by a themed anthology. So, for the first time…

Making poetry optional in GCSE English literature is out of tune...

Ofqual, the exams authority, has announced that next year schools won’t have to do all the components of English literature GCSE. Students must answer on Shakespeare, but can choose two out of three from the 19th-century novel, a modern drama or novel, and poetry, as represented by a themed anthology. So, for the first time…
BBC Three to work with young people on sitcom about pupil referral units

BBC Three to work with young people on sitcom about pupil...

They’re the last option for many vulnerable and struggling pupils – but is there also potential for laughs in the world of pupil referral units? The BBC are set to produce a scripted comedy based around one such facility, partnering with a production company which specialises in helping young people enter the TV and film…
University and Arts Council in drive to re-brand ‘soft’ academic subjects

University and Arts Council in drive to re-brand ‘soft’ academic subjects

A national fight to restore the balance between rival academic disciplines and give back lost weight to subjects such as history, foreign languages, geography and English literature, is to start this week with the unveiling of Shape, a “re-branding” drive to promote the humanities and social sciences. The plan, shared with the Observer, is to…

From fashion PPE to a pizza box dress: students’ Covid-19 art...

Konrad Jankowiak, fashion, University of NorthamptonMy final collection is influenced by the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people of colour and anyone who experiences hate. I want to show that they shouldn’t be described as different but as extraordinary. My cover illustration was inspired by six of my extraordinary friends: Ieva, Nifemi, Marium, Nazia, Halima and Zazzka.…

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