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‘None of us are powerless’: how to be an antiracist student

UK students have more power than ever to effect political change on their university campuses. In the wake of the global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, Oxford University’s Oriel College voted in favour of removing the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes, and calls for other institutions to confront their colonial pasts have been…

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…

Minister lambasts English universities for letting down students

The 20-year crusade to get more young people into higher education appears at an end, after the universities minister accused England’s universities of “taking advantage” of students with dumbed-down courses that left them saddled with debt. In a significant shift in policy, Michelle Donelan declared it was time to “think again” about the government’s use…

‘Nothing’s better than Yorkshire’: why the graduate brain drain could end

Like thousands of students across the country, Jodie McGregor, a final year food and nutrition student at Teesside University, has just finished submitting everything she needs to graduate virtually. But she doesn’t have time to bemoan what feels like an “abrupt end” to her degree, because she has also used the coronavirus lockdown to launch…

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…

Help springs up for UK graduates facing bleak job market

New graduates facing the toughest labour market for 75 years can increasingly turn to innovative schemes set up to redirect them into areas of need. At least 30% of university students have lost a job or an offer of a job after the sharpest monthly increase in unemployment on record. At the same time, competition…

Johnson pledges £1bn school rebuilding programme for England

Schools in England are being promised a £1bn rebuilding programme as Boris Johnson commits to giving children a “world-class education” after months out of the classroom, and pledges help for the economy to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. The 10-year investment plan for upgrades and refurbishments comes ahead of the prime minister’s key speech…

Payback time: academic’s plan to launch Free Black University in UK

Melz Owusu has addressed research seminars, given a TED Talk and performed raps at academic conferences to try to decolonise higher education. But eventually the Phd student and former sabbatical officer at the Leeds University union came to a realisation: “I was like, hmm, this idea of transforming the university from the inside and having…

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…

Ministers may move university applications to after A-level results

The education secretary is planning a radical overhaul of England’s university admissions system, with students applying after A-level results and the start of the academic year possibly being moved to January, the Guardian has learned. Civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE), under Gavin Williamson, have modelled a shift to post-qualification admissions to improve…

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