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Michael Richardson obituary

My dad, Michael Richardson, a nationally prominent figure in the field of lifelong learning, has died at the age of 81.Mike began work within the education setting at Alfreton Hall Adult Community Education Centre run by Derby county council. He joined the Open University in 1970 and was based at Newcastle and then Manchester. After…

Cambridge university urged to re-invite rightwing academic Jordan Peterson

Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor is being urged to re-invite the controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson to take up a fellowship in light of a vote allowing “tolerance” of differing views.An offer of a visiting fellowship for the self-styled “professor against political correctness” was rescinded last year after protests from faculty and students.The university’s policy now emphasises…

‘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…

England campus lockdowns creating ‘perfect storm’ for stressed students

Strict campus lockdowns and a worsening mental health crisis are creating a “perfect storm”, student leaders have warned, after tensions boiled over in Manchester where fencing erected around accommodation was pulled down. Students at other campuses are organising rent strikes and complaining of a lack of mental health support against the backdrop of England’s new…

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…

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