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Lawfully drained pipes: why are tension levels increasing amongst law trainees?

“One of my lecturers describes law school as being like the Hunger Games,” says law student Erin May Conely. “It can be quite cut-throat with everyone fighting for the same jobs at top law firms.” For the 22-year-old, who is studying law at the University of Birmingham, the competitive atmosphere has led to so much…

Here’s an election concept: why not let anybody sit Oxbridge finals?|Laura...

Political parties are so busy suddenly falling over themselves to put money into education, it feels as if we’re living in a learning piñata. Bang! Boris Johnson promises more cash for schools. Boom! Jeremy Corbyn will fund six years of learning for adults. Womp! The Lib Dems are making lifelong higher education free-ish. It is…

Birmingham University declined to check out trainee’s off-campus rape claim

Birmingham University has refused to investigate student complaints of rape where the alleged assaults took place off campus, it has emerged. A graduate told the Guardian she was left fearing for her safety after the university said it would not take disciplinary action against a male student who she alleged had raped her in her…

Can this trainee’s flatshare evaluations beat dodgy proprietors?

In their final year, most students get their heads down and focus on exams. But Natasha Hopewell combined the third year of her law degree at the University of Lincoln with building a website so students could find good digs, share their renting horror stories and avoid being ripped off by rogue landlords. Working with…

Discontent at French universities after trainee sets himself alight over financial...

Demonstrations have taken place across French cities in solidarity with a 22-year-old who set himself alight to highlight student poverty. Unrest erupted at universities after the undergraduate, named only as Anas K, set himself on fire in the city of Lyon on Friday to highlight his financial difficulties and protest at the education policies of…

How to make your very first year at uni count– even...

The majority of universities don’t include a students’ first year of study when calculating their final degree classification, so you can’t blame freshers for concluding that the first year doesn’t really count. As Laura Jones, a recent graduate, says: “It’s hard to fight that feeling of ‘we’re freshers, it doesn’t matter’.” But there are benefits…

UK academics deal with furious reaction for motivating trainees to vote

When Carrie Paechter, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted two weeks ago that students could register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses, she didn’t anticipate the tirade of anger it would unleash. She was reported to the police and the Electoral Commission, and someone wrote to her vice-chancellor calling for her…

University personnel do not wish to strike for reasonable pensions and...

Earlier this week, the University and College Union (UCU) announced that staff in 60 universities across the UK will abandon their offices, libraries, seminar rooms and lecture theatres for eight days of strike action beginning on 25 November. The strikes are the result of two ongoing disputes in higher education: one on pay, job security,…

Trainees: will your vote be more efficient in the house or...

Find out where your vote could have more impact ... What this tool does Westminster’s first-past-the-post electoral system means that the candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins the seat, and votes for other candidates are effectively ignored. For example, if you want Party A to lose but your home constituency is a…

Trainees: will your vote be more reliable in your home or...

Find out where your vote could have more impact ... What this tool does Westminster’s first-past-the-post electoral system means that the candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins the seat, and votes for other candidates are effectively ignored. For example, if you want Party A to lose but your home constituency is a…

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