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‘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…

UK universities accused of keeping students at all costs until after...

Many universities are hesitating to move to online teaching to quell Covid because they are desperate to keep disenchanted students until the Christmas holidays, when a key deadline for fee rebates runs out, experts say. In England, students who drop out in their first term are liable for only 25% of their £9,250 fees. However,…

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 to offer postgraduate scholarships for black British students

The University of Oxford is to tackle the small number of black British students taking its postgraduate courses by introducing a scholarship programme to boost their numbers. The university’s “Black academic futures” programme is to create up to 10 new scholarships for UK students of black or mixed-black ethnicity from next year, funding postgraduate research…

Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships 2021/2022 for Masters Study at...

Deadline: October 15, 2020 Applications are open for the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships 2021/2022. To achieve the goal of being a catalyst for public sector transformation, AIG will every year, for five years starting in 2017, fund five scholarships for outstanding West Africans from all backgrounds who are passionate about the public sector,…

University of Oxford Reuters Institute News Trust Fellowship 2021 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: September 28, 2020 Applications are open for the University of Oxford Reuters Institute News Trust Fellowship 2021. The Fellowships are granted to mid-career journalists from India, Brazil, the UK or the US, who have ideas for ways to enhance trust in the news media. Your idea might be something new you wish to implement in your newsroom when…

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…

‘This isn’t an outdated ivory tower’: how Oxford university leapfrogged its...

It’s no secret that graduates from Oxford University can be found everywhere in the higher echelons of British public life. The university’s success in placing its graduates in jobs has seen it unseat Cambridge in the Guardian University Guide for the first time since 2011, pushing its traditional rival down to third place, behind St…

UK universities putting finances above student safety, expert warns

One of the UK’s top higher education experts has warned that by promising young people they can return to campuses this autumn, universities are putting their financial survival in the pandemic above the welfare of students, staff and local communities. With less than two weeks to go until sixth-formers receive their teacher-assessed A-level grades, a…

Sixth-formers able to haggle for top UK universities under new grading...

School leavers may feel that, with A-level exams cancelled, they have lost control over their future. But experts say they have never had more power to talk their way into their first-choice university, even if they miss their grades. As sixth-formers nervously await next month’s teacher-assessed results from the exams regulator, Ofqual, research by the…

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