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Universities urged to allow for Covid impact on poorer students’ A-levels

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Universities are being urged to give disadvantaged students who narrowly miss their required A-level grades “additional consideration” after research laid bare the disruptive impact of Covid in the run-up to exams. On...

Scottish universities offer cash incentives to lure other UK students

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Universities in Scotland are racing to attract students from the rest of the UK in what promises to be “a clearing campaign like no other”, offering a range of financial incentives to lure them to study over the borde...

Universities to defy government pressure to ditch race equality group

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Universities in England have launched a fightback against government attacks on their autonomy, telling ministers they “crossed a line” by pressurising them to abandon a scheme designed to improve equality on campus. ...

Offer rate for A-level students applying to top universities falls to 55%

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The offer rate for A-level students applying to leading universities has dropped significantly, with medicine and dentistry courses even harder to get on to than in previous years, according to data from the Ucas admi...

English universities over-reliant on overseas students’ fees, report warns

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Universities in England face danger from financial instability and falling student satisfaction, according to a report by MPs that blames the government and regulators for failing to ensure students receive value for ...

Government ‘pushing England’s universities out of teacher training’ over leftwing politics

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Leaders in higher education said this week they believed the government was trying to push universities out of teacher training for political reasons because ministers thought their education departments were “hotbeds...

Universities told to crack down on spiking after ‘brazen’ attacks on students

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Universities are to be required to introduce policies by the end of the year to crack down on drink and needle spiking, amid concern about increasingly brazen attacks on students. Michelle Donelan, the universities mi...

UK universities union abandons national approach to marking dispute

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The long-running industrial dispute over pension cuts and working conditions at UK universities appears to be faltering, after union branches abandoned a national marking strike due to start this week that could delay...

UK universities urged to boost mental health support after student death

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Universities could face “immense difficulties” in adjusting their teaching and learning support for students with hidden or emerging disabilities, after a landmark ruling awarded £50,000 in damages to the estate of a ...

‘Giving hope’: UK universities twin with struggling Ukraine counterparts

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When Prof Gavin Brown, pro vice-chancellor at Liverpool University, first made contact with academics at Sumy State University (SSU) in north-eastern Ukraine a few weeks ago, he did not expect to come off the call and...

Universities oppose plan for student cap and loans in England

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Universities across England have come out against proposals for limiting student numbers and access to loans, describing the plans as likely to crush aspirations and entrench disadvantage. Responding to the government...

US graduate students protest against low pay while universities profit from their work

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Thousands of graduate student workers around the US at private and public universities have gone on strike over the past few years, from Ivy League institutions like Harvard University and Columbia University to publi...

Russians at UK universities ‘lonely and guilty’ as they fear for the future

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Since her country invaded Ukraine, Lydia, a 21-year-old Russian student at a university in London, has tried not to speak much on campus. She fears if fellow students hear her accent they will blame her for a war she ...

UK universities brace for impact of sanctions against Russia

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Researchers at UK universities are bracing themselves for sanctions affecting science partnerships with Russia, including in climate science and space research, as the government seeks to isolate Vladimir Putin over t...

Kicking universities is no way to solve the divide between the academic and the rest

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The British class system continues to cast its noxious shadow. For more than a century, British working-class children and teenagers have been offered second-best routes to education and training. By contrast, middle-...

Afghan universities reopen with strict rules for female students

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Public universities in Kandahar and Helmand provinces in Afghanistan have reopened after being closed for nearly nine months, with some female students joining classes. Despite calls from education activists and stude...

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