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Tackling drunken students by night, teaching by day: PhD students say...

Eleanor McDonald (not her real name) signed up to be a live-in warden in a student hall at St Andrews University because her PhD funding did not cover her rent and food. Meals and accommodation came with the job, but now so do abuse from drunken, unmasked students being told not to party, confrontations in…

First-year EU students face £800 Brexit bill if not in UK...

First-year EU students who enrolled in UK universities this autumn but have been unable to move to the country due to the pandemic face an £800 Brexit bill shock if they don’t set foot on British soil before 31 December, campaigners have warned.The Home Office said they will not qualify for EU pre-settled status if…

UK language students prepare for virtual year abroad in their bedrooms

What is a virtual year abroad – and is there any point in it? That is the question Reece Jack, of Troon, South Ayrshire, is asking, along with thousands of other languages students whose year abroad has been cancelled or is in doubt. Jack, a second-year student of business and French at Strathclyde University, thinks…

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. …

Sacked or silenced: lecturers say they’re blocked from exploring trans points

On the December morning that Jo Phoenix, professor of criminology at the Open University, was to give a lecture at Essex University on trans rights in prisons, Twitter roared into action, with several Essex staff and students tweeting allegations that a “transphobe” would be on campus. By 10am Phoenix was warned by a member of…

Oxford teacher’s kids declined visas to join her in UK

Amber Murrey, an American academic, was “ecstatic” about being appointed associate professor in geography at Oxford University last year. But the dream turned sour two weeks ago when the Home Office refused to grant visas for her two daughters, aged four and nine, to live with her in the UK. Dr Murrey used an immigration…

Guy imprisoned for taking 7,000 books from Scottish universities

A prolific book thief has been jailed for 25 months after he stole more than 7,000 books from three universities in Edinburgh, before selling them online. Darren Barr, 28, from Kinross in Perthshire, is believed to have made more than £30,000 by selling the textbooks through the online book markets WeBuyBooks, Ziffit and Zapper. During…

Universities brace for Brexit demonstrations as trainees flex muscles

Unprecedented levels of student activism are set to erupt this month when angry students, fed up with the turmoil around Brexit, arrive for freshers’ week, student unions say. This term sees the arrival at university of three whole years’ worth of students – first, second and third years – who were too young to vote…

Edinburgh LGBT+ committee resigns over ‘transphobic hate on school’

All 12 members of Edinburgh University’s staff pride network committee have resigned after accusing the university authorities of “failing to take a stand against transphobic hate on campus”. The committee claim that the mass resignation was prompted by the university’s attempts to censor their opposition to a feminist meeting, held on Wednesday evening, which included…

Northern Scholars Strategy PhD Scholarship 2019/2020 at the University of Edinburgh

Due Date: April 28, 2019 Applications are welcomed for scholarship financing to carry out PhD research study at the University of Edinburgh for approximately 3 years from September 2019 or January 2020 under the aegis of the University of Edinburgh’s Northern Scholars Plan The scholarship is for the preparation and conclusion of a PhD under…

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