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UK coronavirus: restrictions tighten across country as record new cases reported...

Lucy Mair, 49, from Manchester, is everything but impressed with the way her daughter’s university has handled the coronavirus outbreak on campus. Her daughter is a first year at Glasgow University, having arrived 12 days ago and living in Murano, the largest student village and epicentre of the current outbreak at the university. “Every single…

Halt in-person university teaching until test and trace fixed, union urges

Face-to-face teaching at universities should be halted until the government fixes test-and-trace failures and curbs the spread of Covid-19, the union representing academics and staff has said. The warning from Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), comes as institutions increasingly take matters into their own hands by switching to majority…

Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are...

From overcrowded lecture halls in France to a ban on sleepovers in Ireland, special coronavirus apps in the UK, snitching on dorm parties in the US and shuttered campus gates in India, students face a range of experiences when – or if – universities reopen. Authorities around the world have introduced different measures to try…

‘I had a little sob’: freshers face up to strict new...

As freshers week drew to a close at the Parker House hall of residence in Dundee last week, one flat invited 30 or so fellow students to a party. Unknown to any of the attendees, one was experiencing early symptoms of coronavirus. When that party-goer and their flatmates all tested positive for the virus, the…

‘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…

Students wrongly accused of cheating in visa test take fight to...

International students who lost their right to live and study in the UK after being wrongly accused of cheating in an English language test sent a letter to Downing Street on Thursday, as part of an ongoing campaign to clear their names. The 200 students are some of about 34,000 accused by the Home Office…

How to stay mentally healthy at university – a campus doctor’s...

Going to university can be an anxious time for many young people. This year, alongside the usual worries, there will be additional concerns around social distancing and lockdowns. We spoke to GP and author Dominique Thompson, who has had almost 80,000 consultations with students in her time as a university doctor, for her tips on…

Durham University withdraws fresher’s place over ‘abhorrent’ online posts

Durham University has withdrawn a student’s place after an investigation into “utterly abhorrent” comments on social media. It launched the inquiry after it came to light that wealthy prospective freshers supposedly planned to hold a competition to have sex with the poorest student they could find. Other comments discussed drugs and concerns about being accused…

Sorry, freshers: that wild week you were promised will be more...

My first party at university was a cheese and port party hosted by our college chaplain. It was 2008, and I was both smart and lucky enough to be at Cambridge. I have to be clear that neither “cheese”, “port” nor “college chaplain” are street names for anything. It was, very literally, a party of…

Keir Starmer has to abandon Corbyn’s promise on student fees |...

As he makes his first leader’s speech in the unusual context of an online Labour party conference, Keir Starmer’s position is rock solid. Since his election, the party has pulled almost level with the Conservatives in the polls, and more Britons think he would make a better prime minister than Boris Johnson. He has had…

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