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Britain’s best universities are dominated by private schools. Could I help...

One day after school in January this year, Isabelle walked to the high street in East Grinstead, West Sussex, where her mother works in a shop selling gifts and clothes. She was with her boyfriend, Alex, who would be meeting her mum for the first time. “It kind of took her by surprise a bit,”…

Oxford University takes top spot in Guardian’s annual university guide

Oxford University has vaulted into top place in the Guardian’s annual universities guide for the first time in a decade, thanks to new employment data showing that more Oxford students are moving into graduate-level jobs after completing their studies. This year’s Guardian university guide sees Oxford moving up from third to first, while the University…

‘Abolish whiteness’ academic calls for Cambridge support

A Cambridge academic who tweeted “White lives don’t matter. As white lives” has called on the university to do more to advance the national conversation on race after being subjected to a torrent of abuse. Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in anglophone and related literature, received death threats and a campaign was launched to have…

UK universities suffer worst-ever rankings in world league table

A triple threat of Brexit, tightening budgets and unchecked expansion has seen the rankings of UK universities in an international league table slump for the fourth year in a row. Nearly three-quarters of the country’s universities slipped down the rankings in the UK’s worst-ever performance in the table compiled by data and research group QS. …

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…

No sex, no booze: how the move online will take all...

Name: Student life. Age: Ongoing since the first university opened 1,161 years ago. Appearance: People sitting around in their parents’ house, nodding at a webcam. That doesn’t sound right. Well, times have changed. But why? For the same reason that you’re suddenly afraid of deliverymen and haven’t worn socks for three months. It’s because of…

Cambridge trainees prompt university to let them retake the last year

Cambridge University is facing calls to allow students due to graduate this summer to restart their final year in September due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1,000 students have signed a letter to Graham Virgo, the pro-vice chancellor for education, calling on the university to overhaul its summer exams amid…

UK universities changing to online lectures and tests

British universities are ending in-person lectures in an effort to arrest the spread of Covid-19, saying they will switch to remote learning and even online exams for students within weeks. The London School of Economics, King’s College London, the University of Durham and Manchester Metropolitan University said they would soon end face-to-face teaching in favour…

Record varieties of state school students used Oxford locations

State school pupils have won nearly 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduate places next year, a record level that represents a remarkable turnaround in the university’s intake over the last five years. Oxford announced that 69% of the offers it made this week were to British students from state schools or colleges for courses starting in…

Sir Hans Kornberg obituary

Hans Kornberg became a biochemist just at the point, in the mid-20th century, when methods became available to explore how organisms convert food and oxygen into energy and tissue – the combustion engine of life. He was one of the pioneers who identified key participants in such metabolic reactions and measured their effects, knowledge that…

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