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UK universities receive record number of applications in lockdown

A record 40.5% of all 18-year-olds in the UK have applied to go to university, with numbers rising significantly during lockdown, according to the university admissions service Ucas. It is the first time that more than four out of 10 students (40.5%) had applied by 30 June to go to university and the figures will…

It’s not banter, it’s racism: UK students accuse universities of brushing...

As one of six black medical students in a cohort of 150 at Aberdeen University, Jessica Eze, a Londoner, says it is hard to speak out about prejudice because your voice feels “too tiny”. So when a white patient in the hospital in which she was training publicly congratulated her on being able to speak…

University changed my family’s life. So why do ministers want fewer...

My grandad worked for 42 years as an underground coal miner. My dad left school at 14 and worked for 28 years in a weaving factory until the recessions of the 1970s swept away his job and most of the UK textile industry. I had a different life: I stayed at school until I was…

If overseas students stay away, universities can enrol more disadvantaged people...

In the UK, international students’ tuition fees are a large part of universities’ budgets. Each international student pays an average of £5,100 more than it costs to educate them, with fees for undergraduate degrees ranging from £10,000 at the bottom end to £38,000 at the top. These higher fees, representing £7bn, account for a third…

If more students choose home over halls, it’s time to celebrate...

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing many young people in the UK to re-evaluate their educational choices. While it seems would-be students are not being deterred from university as much as was feared, it is likely many will opt to commute from home, shunning the challenges – and the cost – of sharing kitchens and bathrooms…

Student nurses will be paid until the end of their NHS...

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed an assurance that student nurses drafted into frontline NHS services battling coronavirus in England will have their contracts honoured following a period of “confusion and distress”. It comes after anger mounted among some of the 18,700 student nurses who started working in hospitals before their training ended believed…

‘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…

Gender pay gap begins for students straight after university – report

The gender pay gap in favour of men begins the moment students graduate from university, according to employment data that also reveals black graduates are more likely to struggle in the labour market. Figures collected by universities from graduates entering the workforce found that men had already begun earning on average 10% more than women…

Big graduation moments? They’re totally bogus. Take it from an expert...

Hurrah for the Class of 2020! This is going out to all students who finished any significant educational landmark this year: those who were supposed to take their GCSEs or A-levels, university students now doing final exams in their parents’ kitchens, PhD students grinding it out on their own at home instead of in the…

A new normal: young people look beyond lockdown – video

In this week's episode of A new normal, the Guardian journalist Iman Amrani speaks to young people about how they are coping with lockdown and the impact it has had on their lives, looking particularly at education, universities and mental health. She speaks to four young people from across the country, two whom are about to…

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