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Michael Richardson obituary

My dad, Michael Richardson, a nationally prominent figure in the field of lifelong learning, has died at the age of 81.Mike began work within the education setting at Alfreton Hall Adult Community Education Centre run by Derby county council. He joined the Open University in 1970 and was based at Newcastle and then Manchester. After…

Law conversion course applications jump by nearly a quarter since pandemic

Harrison Shaylor, 23, had planned to do the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for a while, but lockdown made the decision for him. “I had been keeping my options open and looking at internships and jobs, and they all got cancelled, so I ended up going ahead with it this year,” he says. “I’m definitely…

Imperial College London leaders admit they bullied colleagues

Two of Imperial College’s most senior executives have admitted they bullied colleagues, as the university bowed to pressure and published details of a report into the scandal.Ahead of planned protests on campus this Wednesday and moves to bring pressure to bear on corporate partners of the university, its president, Alice Gast, and chief financial officer,…

Covid-19 drives 50% of students in UK to become ‘more political’

More than half of university students (52%) have become more politicised as a result of the pandemic, a survey suggests, as grassroot rent strike groups continue to gain support from undergraduates over the festive period.The poll, conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS), also found that almost two-thirds (63%) of the 4,193 respondents did…

How to write a personal statement for university – by admissions...

Perhaps the hardest part of the Ucas application is the personal statement, where students are expected to sum up their entire identity within 4,000 characters and no more than 47 lines.If you’re freaking out about the approaching deadline – which rolls around on January 15th – don’t worry: everyone’s in the same boat. According to…

Students voice concerns over accuracy of Covid rapid tests in UK

Students and staff have expressed concern over the accuracy and availability of the rapid tests which have been rolled out in UK universities ahead of the Christmas holidays and will be deployed again in January at the start of the new year, after experts warned they were not fit for use in the scheme.Dozens of…

Exam board invites university students to mark some GCSEs and A-levels

University students are being recruited to mark some GCSE and A-level papers this summer, the Guardian has learned.AQA, the UK’s largest provider of academic qualifications, is inviting “postgraduates and undergraduates who have completed their first year of studies” in theology, philosophy and economics to undergo assessments in January and February, as part of a new…

When should I go back to university after Christmas?

Clara James*, a criminology student, left her student house in Bath at Halloween and hopes to stay away until well into the New Year. “I’d like to stay at home longer,” she says. “I’m just kind of fed up with the stress.” James says she doesn’t want to get stuck in her student room if…

Cambridge university urged to re-invite rightwing academic Jordan Peterson

Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor is being urged to re-invite the controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson to take up a fellowship in light of a vote allowing “tolerance” of differing views.An offer of a visiting fellowship for the self-styled “professor against political correctness” was rescinded last year after protests from faculty and students.The university’s policy now emphasises…

More than half of students polled report mental health slump

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on students’ mental health in England has been laid bare by two polls in which more than half of those surveyed said they felt their mental health had deteriorated since the start of term, though only a fifth had sought support. Students have said they feel lonely, depressed, sad and…

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