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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,…

Deal or no deal: how life will look for key industries...

The scene is set for a showdown, and the future of the UK economy is at stake. Will Britain secure a free trade deal with the EU? Or will the prime minister choose to sail into uncharted waters, not only stepping outside the single market and customs union, as the UK will be even under…

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…

Cambridge university urged to re-invite rightwing academic Jordan Peterson

Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor is being urged to re-invite the controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson to take up a fellowship in light of a vote allowing “tolerance” of differing views.An offer of a visiting fellowship for the self-styled “professor against political correctness” was rescinded last year after protests from faculty and students.The university’s policy now emphasises…

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…

‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent...

Student activists are preparing for the biggest wave of university rent strikes in four decades amid growing frustration at heavy-handed hall lockdowns, the prospect of paying for empty rooms and little face-to-face teaching when they eventually return in the new year.There are at least 20 rent strikes currently under way or being organised on campuses,…

‘I only see someone if I do my laundry’: students stuck...

Every year Msue Chiponda, an international student, joins her extended family at a house they rent by Lake Malawi to celebrate Christmas together. But, thanks to the pandemic, she won’t be going this year. Instead, she is facing Christmas alone in her studio bedroom at Nottingham University.Across the UK, mass testing is under way at…

The UK government must be honest with students – tests can...

This week coronavirus screening tests for students are being rolled out across UK universities. Some institutions are already inaccurately claiming that if you test negative, you will know it is safe to return home. The matter is very important for many families, who don’t want their children stranded while self-isolating at university over Christmas, but…

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…

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