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The UK government must be honest with students – tests can...

This week coronavirus screening tests for students are being rolled out across UK universities. Some institutions are already inaccurately claiming that if you test negative, you will know it is safe to return home. The matter is very important for many families, who don’t want their children stranded while self-isolating at university over Christmas, but…

The rise of citizen science: can the public help solve our...

It is hard not to feel a thrill of excitement when you land on the Galaxy Zoo homepage and read the words “Few have witnessed what you’re about to see” looming out of a star-strewn black background. The anticipation is justified when, in five quick clicks, you’re asked to classify a galaxy as part of…

College Magazine’s Guide to the Health Science Major

The field of health and medicine reached an unprecedented priority level with the rise of the COVID-19 health crisis. More than ever, the world needs caring and compassionate health professionals to fight for us during future health crises. A health science degree offers students interested in the health profession to explore a variety of avenues…

Fears grow student Covid infections will spread into local areas in...

Covid-19 infection rates at universities in England and Wales are up to seven times higher than those in the general population locally, Guardian analysis has found, amid concern that growing student outbreaks risk spilling over into the wider community. Sheffield University reported 588 student infections in the week ending 8 October, an infection rate of…

‘Like baby food’: UK students’ lockdown complaints grow

Students in lockdown across Britain have complained about the cost and quality of the food provided by their universities, with some charged hundreds of pounds for meal packages including baked beans and instant noodles. With outbreaks recorded at more than 90 UK universities, some involving hundreds of people, the support provided by the institutions is…

‘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,…

Make Covid-19 tests compulsory for students, say scientists

Covid-19 tests should be compulsory for all university students and staff to prevent outbreaks on campuses and protect communities, according to an independent group of scientists. Testing should be carried out either before or as soon as people arrive on campus, with further tests conducted regularly, said the Independent Sage committee. The recommendation comes in…

UCL has a racist legacy, but can it move on?

The provost of University College London announced in June this year that its Galton Lecture Theatre, Pearson Lecture Theatre and Pearson Building had all been renamed. They are now known by the perfectly unmemorable names of, respectively, Lecture Theatre 115, Lecture Theatre G22 and the North-West Wing. What sounds like a dull piece of administrative…

‘The MIT of the north’: how the government plans to transform...

In 1984, police and striking miners fought at the coking plant at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, in one of the most violent and pivotal clashes in British industrial history. Today, Orgreave is the site of another battle, one that may determine the fate of the government’s plan to build an “MIT of the north”. The Massachusetts…

Guide to the Global Health Major: The Major You Never Knew...

Global health problems transcend national borders and involve many disciplines within and beyond health sciences. Medicine, cultural anthropology, sociology and policy analysis all conflate to address health disparities worldwide. If you’re passionate about justice, healthcare, the environment, sociology and are looking for a multidisciplinary program, consider this major. Currently, only eight universities offer undergraduate programs…

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