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‘Students like the flexibility’: why online universities are here to stay

The coronavirus pandemic has forced UK universities to rapidly shift online, and no date has been confirmed for campuses to reopen. With the second coronavirus peak projected to take place in autumn, many institutions are already planning to move at least their first semester online. Whatever happens, universities are not going to look how their…

I’m 21 and have had chemotherapy during lockdown. I was one...

When I was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the beginning of February, my mind immediately turned not to the illness and pain I knew would have to endure, but to the sadness of putting my life on pause. I could never have predicted that the world would end up putting its life on…

Eva Pinthus obituary

My friend Eva Pinthus, who has died aged 95, was a theology teacher and lecturer whose speciality was providing pastoral care to university students. In the late 1950s she spent two years as deputy warden at Ashburne Hall, Manchester University, and from 1960 until 1968 she was warden of Cleminson Hall at Hull University, where…

Let’s use this crisis to improve equality for all young people,...

Almost all of us will have missed out on something important in the last few weeks. My lockdown low was missing my niece’s first birthday, a virtual singalong no substitute for a real cuddle. But celebrations and holidays can be postponed; children and young people are missing out on rites of passage they will never…

Thousands of A-level students could lose their unconditional university offers

Thousands of A-level students could have their unconditional university offers withdrawn this summer, as ministers and the higher education regulator try to crack down on panic offers made during the pandemic. Sources at Westminster say the universities minister, Michelle Donelan, is determined to constrain universities, after private government data showed that 30,000 offers that had…

There’ll be no university rites of passage this year, but students...

The news that Cambridge University is conducting all its lectures online in the 2020-2021 year, swiftly followed by other major universities, such as Manchester, has prompted a wave of nostalgia from some. The usual suspects are desperate to tell us of their one-to-one tutorials in book-lined studies with pipe-smoking, frottaging dons: nostalgia for what never…

The Guardian view on the stunting effect: hard to blossom in...

In Sally Rooney’s Normal People, the transition from school in provincial Sligo to student life in Dublin affects the two main characters very differently. Marianne, a distrusted loner back home, enjoys a fulfilling social life for the first time. Connell, the local Gaelic football star from a working-class background, fails to assimilate in the elite…

‘We’re being fobbed off’: why disabled students are losing out in...

When Harrie Larrington-Spencer was knocked off her bike at the end of the first year of her PhD, she was left with a brachial plexus injury. “My left arm and hand barely work and I have chronic pain,” she says. She knew her injury would affect many aspects of her life, but was surprised to…

‘Very, very upsetting’: students face tough decisions over university

Thousands of students due to start university in September are feeling uncertain about what to expect, with online learning and physical distancing measures likely to be in place, with one in five considering whether to defer. Many are worried about the quality of education they will receive, and have concerns about starting life away from…

UK universities facing £760m hit as one in five students plan...

British universities face a potential £760m blow to their funding after about one in five students said they would not enrol in the next academic year if classes were delivered online and other activities curtailed. A survey of students applying for undergraduate places found that more than 20% said they were willing to delay starting…

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