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‘Humanities graduates are just as employable’: do the sciences really lead...

Alongside Bill Gates’s rictus grin, floppy hair and thick glasses, and Steve Jobs’s iconic black top and blue jeans, one of technology’s most distinctive-looking personalities is a man called David Shing, an Australian marketing executive. His wild hair and denim jackets may make him look like a 1980s glam rocker dragged backwards through a hedge,…

Boost your job prospects or do what you love? How to...

For many students, working out what to study at university is guided by whether they want a route directly to a job, or to keep their options open. But sometimes it’s not easy to decide between the two. This was Morgan McArthur’s experience. She’s now a 21-year-old languages student at the University of Sheffield –…

Around 30,000 jobs may be on the line at universities –...

As we at the University and College Union (UCU) lobby the Westminster government for an urgently needed bailout, thousands of the most vulnerable university employees are already losing their jobs.They are vulnerable because the employment model which has developed in higher education in the past 30 years has seen rising levels of casualisation. One third…

‘My heart jumps when a patient misses a session’: the Brazilian...

Iana Raíssa is a 21-year-old psychology student, but her skills and training are already being put to use in a highly responsible professional setting. Every Thursday afternoon Raíssa treats suicidal patients at Walter Cantídio University hospital in Fortaleza, a city in north-east Brazil. “It’s a lot of pressure for a student,” she says. “Sometimes when…

If universities struggle financially, BAME academics will lose their jobs first...

One of universities’ chief successes over the past 20 years has been the increase in black, Asian and minority ethnic students (BAME) enrolling. Yet with university budgets tightening as a result of projected declines in student numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a risk this progress could be reversed. The same structural racism…

UK students offered virtual internships amid coronavirus slowdown

Students are being invited to apply for virtual internships this summer after a reported fall in confidence among young people around job prospects amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Three-day internship experiences in areas such as technology, commercial law and investment banking will aim to help students gain skills and boost employability, the organisation launching the free virtual training said.  Companies…

‘I’m worried I’m not going to get a job’: meet the...

Maisie Marston, 20, will graduate this year into the worst recession in centuries. “I’ve been job hunting and it’s difficult to find things,” she says. “There’s a lot of uncertainty.” As a result of the pandemic, Marston has decided to delay the journalism master’s she had planned, so she can save money first. “It would…

Employers are slashing graduate jobs. But students mustn’t lose hope |...

Will there be 50 or 50,000 fewer graduate jobs this year? There is little about the immediate future that is certain, but what we do know already is that employers are already planning to cut graduate vacancies by 12%. And the internships and placements that lead to next year’s job offers? Down by 40%. If…

The government must protect universities in this crisis or job cuts...

Colleges and universities deliver vital opportunities and drive economic growth. Yet the current coronavirus crisis is now creating huge financial uncertainty in post-16 education. As the general secretary of the University and College Union, I have today written to the government setting out a plan that will protect universities and colleges so they can play…

‘Abuse of power’: should universities prohibit staff-student relationships?

Within weeks of starting her postgraduate degree, Allison Smith, then a student at Sussex University, entered a relationship with her lecturer. They had met at an induction party celebrating the new term with drinks and fireworks, where she found him “drunk and loud” but not inappropriate. He later approached her on Twitter. “That escalated quickly…

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