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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…

The 2010 student protests were vilified – but their warnings of...

As political metaphors go, the shattering of the glass frontage of 30 Millbank by student protesters on 10 November 2010 takes some beating. That day, a peaceful 50,000-strong march against tuition fees and the coalition government’s new austerity regime took a spontaneous detour to the Conservatives HQ, and all hell broke loose. The clashes and…

‘Like baby food’: UK students’ lockdown complaints grow

Students in lockdown across Britain have complained about the cost and quality of the food provided by their universities, with some charged hundreds of pounds for meal packages including baked beans and instant noodles. With outbreaks recorded at more than 90 UK universities, some involving hundreds of people, the support provided by the institutions is…

Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are...

From overcrowded lecture halls in France to a ban on sleepovers in Ireland, special coronavirus apps in the UK, snitching on dorm parties in the US and shuttered campus gates in India, students face a range of experiences when – or if – universities reopen. Authorities around the world have introduced different measures to try…

Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action

School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures dampened the protests, but thousands of activists posted on social media and took…

Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold...

In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Among the targets was Prof David Montgomery, one of America’s most…

UK universities accused of overreliance on fees from Chinese students

Britain’s universities rely too heavily on tuition fees from Chinese students, according to a Conservative-backed thinktank that wants the government to replace them with increased funding for domestic students taking “high value” degrees. The report by Onward, a thinktank supported by Tory MPs and donors, claims there are “well-founded fears” that China’s Communist party and…

‘My heart jumps when a patient misses a session’: the Brazilian...

Iana Raíssa is a 21-year-old psychology student, but her skills and training are already being put to use in a highly responsible professional setting. Every Thursday afternoon Raíssa treats suicidal patients at Walter Cantídio University hospital in Fortaleza, a city in north-east Brazil. “It’s a lot of pressure for a student,” she says. “Sometimes when…

Surgisphere: mass audit of papers linked to firm behind hydroxychloroquine Lancet...

Dozens of scientific papers co-authored by the chief executive of the US tech company behind the Lancet hydroxychloroquine study scandal are now being audited, including one that a scientific integrity expert claims contains images that appear to have been digitally manipulated. The audit follows a Guardian investigation that found the company, Surgisphere, used suspect data in major…

I’m 21 and have had chemotherapy during lockdown. I was one...

When I was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the beginning of February, my mind immediately turned not to the illness and pain I knew would have to endure, but to the sadness of putting my life on pause. I could never have predicted that the world would end up putting its life on…

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