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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,…

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…

‘I didn’t feel I fitted in’: why Gypsies, Roma and Travellers...

One day at school, Jack* was accosted by his teacher while he was putting his coat on and getting ready to leave the classroom. “Leave it there,” she insisted in front of his classmates. “We donated you that. Your mum didn’t have enough money to buy you a coat.” When he argued back – his…

UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches

Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling to make friends without flouting restrictions.Twenty-eight institutions fined students for breaking university, local and national Covid rules, including on household mixing, mandatory face coverings and…

The 2010 student protests were vilified – but their warnings of...

As political metaphors go, the shattering of the glass frontage of 30 Millbank by student protesters on 10 November 2010 takes some beating. That day, a peaceful 50,000-strong march against tuition fees and the coalition government’s new austerity regime took a spontaneous detour to the Conservatives HQ, and all hell broke loose. The clashes and…

England campus lockdowns creating ‘perfect storm’ for stressed students

Strict campus lockdowns and a worsening mental health crisis are creating a “perfect storm”, student leaders have warned, after tensions boiled over in Manchester where fencing erected around accommodation was pulled down. Students at other campuses are organising rent strikes and complaining of a lack of mental health support against the backdrop of England’s new…

Nearly half of teachers in England worried about Covid safety

Almost half of teachers are worried that Covid security measures in their schools are inadequate, according to a poll, prompting demands for new risk assessments to be carried out as a second lockdown gets under way in England. Schools have been told to remain open to all pupils during the national restrictions, but the NASUWT…

A postcode lottery is stopping children in care from going to...

There have been far too few care leavers going to university for far too long. The numbers are staggering: just 12% of care-experienced pupils compared to 42% of their peers. It’s not fair that care leavers should have far worse educational and life chances than the general population, especially since we already know the reasons…

‘Ketamine is big here’: why Bristol University is testing drugs for...

When Rahim*, a first-year university student, went to a festival last year, his friends bought some MDMA from a dealer they met at a party. He was apprehensive, since he usually only buys off contacts he trusts not to cut their substances with unwanted chemicals. So when his group stumbled across a harm reduction service,…

‘It’s had a lasting impact’: students on being bullied over their...

A Guardian investigation has found widespread evidence of students being ridiculed over their accents and backgrounds at some of the country’s leading universities. Here, students past and present reflect on their experiences: ‘It made feel like I did not belong’ Nina White, 26, from Stockton-on-Tees, studied English and theatre at the University of Warwick “It…

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