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‘You need someone on the inside’: the state school students helping...

Oxford University student Ellie Cassidy will never forget how unprepared and ill at ease she felt before her interview to study geography at Oxford two years ago. “I was terrified. I remember walking in, my heart racing, thinking in my head: turn it off, turn it off. I thought that I had to turn off…

‘Students feel vulnerable’: how Covid-19 has put a strain on mental...

From self-isolation with flatmates they barely know and halls of residences emptying out over lockdown to struggles to get the wifi to work for Zoom lectures, the start to the 2020 term has been riddled with uncertainty for most university students. Just one thing’s for sure: it’s been a strange few weeks. It’s perhaps unsurprising…

Calls for Manchester University vice-chancellor to quit after racism row

Anti-racism campaigners are calling for the vice-chancellor of Manchester University to resign after a student was left “traumatised” after being allegedly racially profiled. Dozens of students took part in a demonstration at the university’s Fallowfield campus on Monday night amid growing anger at its handling of the coronavirus lockdown. Zac Adan, a 19-year-old first-year student,…

Leading UK academics ask PhD funding body to rethink refusal of...

Hundreds of academics have signed a letter calling on the UK’s biggest funder of PhDs to reverse its decision not to give thousands of researchers any extra time or funding to complete their degrees, despite the impact of the pandemic. In the letter, 770 academics said support would protect research and teaching that would be…

Universities may face sanctions if they fail most disadvantaged

Universities and colleges providing substandard courses or paying lip service to helping disadvantaged students progress would be more likely to face sanctions under proposals outlined by a government watchdog. The plans by the Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England, are designed to raise the bar of standards and ensure…

University students feel bullied, tricked and imprisoned. They’re right to protest...

The government’s catastrophic handling of the pandemic is so comprehensive, so multi-faceted, that devoting sufficient attention to each scandal can be a challenge. Consider this one. Back in late August, when the daily average of coronavirus deaths was 10 – it is now more than 400 – the University and College Union (UCU) released a…

The rise of citizen science: can the public help solve our...

It is hard not to feel a thrill of excitement when you land on the Galaxy Zoo homepage and read the words “Few have witnessed what you’re about to see” looming out of a star-strewn black background. The anticipation is justified when, in five quick clicks, you’re asked to classify a galaxy as part of…

Fears ‘economic hit squad’ will use Covid crisis to kill off...

Higher education experts are warning that the government may use the coronavirus crisis to turn struggling universities into polytechnics and slash student numbers. Ministers have appointed a board for the government’s “Higher education restructuring regime”, which has been set up to help universities in financial trouble. Some academics are calling it an “economic hit squad”.…

Fears of ‘isolation fatigue’ if students quarantine before and after Christmas

Students are at risk of “self-isolation fatigue” after Christmas as they face spending time quarantining both before and after their break, a university vice-chancellor has said. The warning came as universities that have applied for rapid-testing kits to mass-test students - as part of a government plan to allow a six-day “travel window” for students…

Online panel: how can universities help graduates survive the Covid jobs...

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the labour market, the UK economy and workplace culture. While some industries are thriving, others are barely surviving. Young people will be among the most affected by this shift, with internships cancelled and fewer entry-level jobs available, including for graduates. So how can universities equip graduating students with the skills…

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