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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…

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…

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…

‘Abolish whiteness’ academic calls for Cambridge support

A Cambridge academic who tweeted “White lives don’t matter. As white lives” has called on the university to do more to advance the national conversation on race after being subjected to a torrent of abuse. Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in anglophone and related literature, received death threats and a campaign was launched to have…

BAME students make up one-fifth of new Oxford undergraduates

One in five British undergraduates who won a place to study at the University of Oxford last year were from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, but privately educated students are still significantly overrepresented, according to the latest admissions data. The university says it is making “steady progress towards a more inclusive student body”, with the…

UCL renames three facilities that honoured prominent eugenicists

UCL has renamed two lecture theatres and a building that honoured the prominent eugenicists Francis Galton and Karl Pearson. The university said on Friday that the Galton lecture theatre had been renamed lecture theatre 115, the Pearson lecture theatre changed to lecture theatre G22 and the Pearson building to the north-west wing. Galton coined the…

Rhodes statue: tech boss pledges to cover funds pulled by ‘racist...

A tech entrepreneur has pledged to “make up for every penny any racist donors pull” after those angry at an Oxford college’s decision to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue said they would stop giving money to the institution and called for it to return donations. Husayn Kassai, who founded the verification company Onfido with three…

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