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How can I boost my CV if I can’t get work...

Finding a job during or after university is about to get a whole lot harder. Employers hit by Covid-19 are cancelling work experience or cutting back on graduate recruitment, leaving thousands of students to chase a shrinking number of opportunities. Journalism graduate Alex Cutts missed out on internships at Sheffield Hallam University earlier this year.…

Will ‘clearing plus’ really make it easier to apply to university?

Where once university choices may have felt set in stone come A-level results day, today’s students are much more likely to assess their full range of options through clearing. A record 73,320 people used the service in 2019 – evidence, if ever it was needed, that clearing is no longer a last resort for school…

The rightwing defence of ‘academic freedom’ masks a McCarthyite agenda |...

Another day, another skirmish in Britain’s culture war. Once again, universities have found themselves on the frontline. According to a report from the thinktank Policy Exchange, Academic Freedom in the UK, pro-Brexit and rightwing academics are being “forced to hide their views”. The report cites a YouGov poll of 820 academics, which found that 32%…

UK lecturers ‘strongly support colleagues’ academic freedom’

British university staff oppose efforts to sack colleagues who produce controversial research, according to a report on political diversity in higher education that claims to reveal “an important reservoir of support for academic freedom”. The report by the right-leaning thinktank Policy Exchange urges the government to impose a new free speech regulator on British universities…

UCL has a racist legacy, but can it move on?

The provost of University College London announced in June this year that its Galton Lecture Theatre, Pearson Lecture Theatre and Pearson Building had all been renamed. They are now known by the perfectly unmemorable names of, respectively, Lecture Theatre 115, Lecture Theatre G22 and the North-West Wing. What sounds like a dull piece of administrative…

Proportion of black school leavers going to university in England falls

The proportion of black British school leavers going to university in England has fallen for the first time in a decade, just as the government prepares to limit the courses available for young people wanting to study in higher education. The Department for Education figures show that efforts to recruit more students from some ethnic…

The future of education or just hype? The rise of Minerva,...

No one could accuse CEO and businessman Ben Nelson of lacking ambition. “I wanted to create a university that serves as a model for other institutions, by being indisputably the best university in the world,” he says, bouncing up and down on a video call from his San Francisco office. “Unless you demonstrate that you…

Around 30,000 jobs may be on the line at universities –...

As we at the University and College Union (UCU) lobby the Westminster government for an urgently needed bailout, thousands of the most vulnerable university employees are already losing their jobs.They are vulnerable because the employment model which has developed in higher education in the past 30 years has seen rising levels of casualisation. One third…

‘Follow your head and your heart’: clearing advice from the experts

‘Follow your head and your heart’ I think students are in a very good position this year. First of all, there are fewer 18-year-olds than last year. International student numbers are also likely to be down, which leads to increased capacity. And now even prestigious universities have got used to the idea that they have…

Tackling sexual misconduct in universities isn’t optional – it’s essential | Michael...

Last year, members of my senior management team were asked to publicly describe our most recent consensual sexual experience. All around the room, jaws dropped, eyes darted to the floor and we shifted uncomfortably in our seats. The hypothetical question was posed during a Rape Crisis South London workshop and was deeply humbling. While we,…

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