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UK’s old university towns hit by Covid-19 ‘double whammy’

Usually, St Andrews is thronged with students and its Old Course links fully booked by international golfing tourists. Around 9,000 students make up one-third of the population, and Scotland’s oldest university, which generated £268.6m for the local economy in 2018, is the town’s major employer, supporting 4,260 jobs. Epidemics of infectious diseases behave in different…

The Guardian view on universities: a bailout is in all our...

There is no reason why Britain’s universities should suffer permanent damage as a result of coronavirus. But, like many other institutions, they will need support in order to avoid it. The immediate issue is the present. The deaths from Covid-19 of people such as Ade Raymond, who was studying for a nursing degree at Middlesex…

Universities are expecting 230,000 fewer students – that’s serious financial pain...

Our universities are a vital and unique part of our society with an importance that far outweighs their considerable economic value. Yet research into the impact of Covid-19, conducted by London Economics for the University and College Union, shows that universities face a black hole of at least £2.5bn in fee and grant income for…

Universities are stopping working to resolve the UK’s abilities lack|Letter

The growth of financial incentives, lower entry requirements, unconditional offers and spurious advertising (Don’t mislead to attract students, says regulator, 19 December) is further evidence of a marketised higher education system that is not properly serving the interests of students nor the country as a whole. The product of this approach is the large proportion…

Academics are combating the incorrect fight over pensions

Britain’s university sector is a jewel in the nation’s crown. It is a world leader in research, generates £20bn in export revenues and is credited with playing a big part in raising the productivity of the UK’s workforce during a period of rapid expansion in the 1990s and 2000s. So successful have universities been in…

My Last and Only Opportunity: An Open Letter to My Macro...

In a perfect world, I might have had a chance to succeed in macroeconomics before the final exam. But no. You see? Even in high school, I struggled in that course. I remember turning in a test to the teacher and then taking a seat. Since I sat right in front of him, I got…

CM’s Guide to Davidson College

Davidson College — Davidson, NC Davidson’s Instagram The Vibe Academically intense with a strict honor code What it feels like to go here Davidson College presents itself as a small liberal arts college with a toned-down atmosphere. The students’ main concentration tends to be academics. “There is a really intense stress culture present within the…

Sam Moore obituary

Sam Moore, my older brother, who has died aged 79, was an academic and administrator devoted to the needs of Manchester. He had a long career at the University of Manchester, rising from a junior technician in the computing department to be professor in the Department of Economics (1992-97) and eventually deputy vice chancellor (1990-96)…

What is the point of college if it does not make...

In The Methods of Ethics, a book read only by philosophers with an overdeveloped sense of duty, the late Victorian utilitarian moralist Henry Sidgwick argued that other philosophers of his day were wrong to believe that human beings act only for the sake of their own happiness or pleasure. There is a second spring of…

Trainees and rail users ‘punished by problematic inflation procedure’

Students and rail passengers have been unfairly penalised by the government using a “flawed” measure of inflation that needs to be urgently fixed, according to a highly critical report from peers. Ministers have been able to use a tactic of “inflation shopping” to select the retail prices index measure of inflation when it stands to…

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