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Law conversion course applications jump by nearly a quarter since pandemic

Harrison Shaylor, 23, had planned to do the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for a while, but lockdown made the decision for him. “I had been keeping my options open and looking at internships and jobs, and they all got cancelled, so I ended up going ahead with it this year,” he says. “I’m definitely…

Katsina school attack: Two missing students killed by bandits ― Survivor

People gather inside the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. PHOTO: AP By Bashir Bello A student (name withheld) of the attacked Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State who escaped from the bandits’ hideouts said two of the students have been killed. A parent of a missing student, Hajia…

Covid-19 drives 50% of students in UK to become ‘more political’

More than half of university students (52%) have become more politicised as a result of the pandemic, a survey suggests, as grassroot rent strike groups continue to gain support from undergraduates over the festive period.The poll, conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS), also found that almost two-thirds (63%) of the 4,193 respondents did…

How to write a personal statement for university – by admissions...

Perhaps the hardest part of the Ucas application is the personal statement, where students are expected to sum up their entire identity within 4,000 characters and no more than 47 lines.If you’re freaking out about the approaching deadline – which rolls around on January 15th – don’t worry: everyone’s in the same boat. According to…

Bring mass Covid testing to schools across England, teachers urge

Mass Covid-19 testing should be implemented in schools across England, teachers’ leaders have said, amid fury in the north at the speed at which testing has been rolled out in new hotspots in London and the south-east. Testing should also be extended to primaries, according to the largest education union, which along with others is…

Exam board invites university students to mark some GCSEs and A-levels

University students are being recruited to mark some GCSE and A-level papers this summer, the Guardian has learned.AQA, the UK’s largest provider of academic qualifications, is inviting “postgraduates and undergraduates who have completed their first year of studies” in theology, philosophy and economics to undergo assessments in January and February, as part of a new…

When should I go back to university after Christmas?

Clara James*, a criminology student, left her student house in Bath at Halloween and hopes to stay away until well into the New Year. “I’d like to stay at home longer,” she says. “I’m just kind of fed up with the stress.” James says she doesn’t want to get stuck in her student room if…

‘I was just so lonely’: students on mental health impact of...

The Guardian spoke to four university students about the impact the pandemic has had on their mental health.‘I was just so lonely’Bella Brown, 20, a first year history of art student at UCL, has struggled with mental health problems including anxiety and depression for many years, but said the pandemic had exacerbated these.“When I moved…

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…

Put yourself out there (while staying in): tips on graduate job...

This is a tough year to be a student looking for graduate jobs, with record redundancies, cancelled internships and a 23% reduction in entry level jobs. But while the landscape may have changed, there is a lot you can do to get noticed. We spoke to Tanya de Grunwald, author of How to Get a…

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