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‘Abuse of power’: should universities prohibit staff-student relationships?

Within weeks of starting her postgraduate degree, Allison Smith, then a student at Sussex University, entered a relationship with her lecturer. They had met at an induction party celebrating the new term with drinks and fireworks, where she found him “drunk and loud” but not inappropriate. He later approached her on Twitter. “That escalated quickly…

As trainees, we support our striking speakers in their defend education|Claire...

As staff at more than 70 universities walk out on strike, students are standing by their side. Over the coming weeks you will see us on the picket line, holding sit-ins in university buildings and campaigning for better working conditions for our educators and support staff. We know that this is not just a fight…

UK university personnel to strike for 14 days in pay and...

University staff who are due to start 14 days of strike action at 74 campuses across the UK have expressed their anger and frustration at what they see as employers’ failure to address their concerns over pay, pensions and working conditions. Up to 50,000 lecturers, technicians, librarians and other academic and support staff plan to…

Personal trainee real estate is stopping working trainees. The federal government...

Settling in at university can be difficult for students – so the last thing they need is to arrive and find they have nowhere to live. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened up and down the country this year, not least for more than 200 University of Portsmouth students. Two days before our students…

Beat the graduate blues: how to get ready for life after...

Around half of students report feeling low after leaving university, according to a recent study which highlighted a lack of support available to recent graduates. “There are lots of reasons why they might experience difficulties with their mental health. Moving on after studying can be both exciting and daunting,” says Stephen Buckley, head of information…

I discovered direct how British universities are silencing abuse survivors|Danielle Bradford

More than half of students say they have experienced sexual harassment or assault, but only 8% have reported it, a study shows. Many of those who do submit a formal report spend weeks, maybe months, retelling the story of what might be one of the most difficult events of their lives. Imagine, then, what it…

‘I was constantly informed I was uncommon’: why so couple of...

There’s a stereotype that women don’t play video games, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The numbers don’t lie: 52% of gamers were female in the UK’s last major study in 2014. But if we look at the proportion of female workers in the games industry, it’s just 28% in the UK, and…

Trainees state they do not comprehend university offer-making. This should alter|Julia...

Education is a great leveller, a route for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their lives. We know graduates tend do better and earn more in full-time employment. More 18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university than ever before, but they remain three times less likely than those from wealthier backgrounds to do so.…

UK universities deal with pressure to reform admissions procedure

British universities are taking a hard look at changes to their admissions procedures for undergraduates, after evidence that significant numbers of disadvantaged and ethnic minority students are dissatisfied with the current system.A survey of university applicants commissioned by vice-chancellors and seen by the Guardian found that many black and other ethnic minority candidates, as well…

Tip-off web site indicators the top for harmful school initiation rituals

The days of university initiation ceremonies – at which students are compelled to perform outrageous tasks, usually while extremely drunk, in order to join a sports club or society – are numbered. Amid growing concerns about the rituals, which have been linked to mental health problems and blamed for at least one student death, the…

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