More students say university not value for money

More students think they are not getting good value for money from university, suggests an annual survey. It found 31% of students thought their courses were poor or very poor value, up from 29% last year. The survey, based on 10,000 students across the UK, was gathered in a year disrupted by Covid-19 and lecturers’ strikes. “Because of strikes and […]

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Boris Johnson urged to set out recovery plan for schools in England

Boris Johnson needs an urgent national plan to get all pupils back to school in England from September, with an army of support staff, the requisitioning of public buildings and extra help for disadvantaged students, unions and cross-party MPs have said. As the government admitted that most primary pupils in England would not get back to the classroom before summer, […]

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UK students: what impact is coronavirus having on your chosen career?

Are you an undergraduate whose chosen career is in jeopardy in a post-coronavirus world – or do you have concerns that the profession you’re working towards is now potentially more risky?  We’re keen to talk to those about to graduate – or who have just applied to start courses – in the performing arts, travel industry, hospitality and restaurant/food sectors. […]

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Gordon Leff obituary

My friend Gordon Leff, who has died aged 93, was a historian whose writing on medievalism covered an extraordinary range, beginning with his first book in 1958, Medieval Thought: St Augustine to Ockham. Many more works followed, including  a series of monographs on 14th-century thinkers, Bradwardine (1957), Richard FitzRalph (1961), Gregory of Rimini (1963) and William of Ockham (1975), and […]

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My gig work as a professor is more precarious than ever in this pandemic

One of the most grueling college semesters I’ve ever taught ended on 6 May. The following morning, I woke to nine emails from former students asking for help. Four requested letters of recommendation; two asked for comments on graduate school applications; one wanted advice about what to do now that the summer internship I’d recommended her for had been cancelled; […]

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Michael Bloomberg donates £1m to fund online UK summer schools

Michael Bloomberg, the US billionaire, is to donate more than £1m to fund a replacement for residential university summer schools for British disadvantaged pupils, the Sutton Trust has announced. Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York and presidential candidate, said the new online platform to be called Sutton Trust is intended to help the sixth-formers who would have been eligible […]

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Not safe to reopen all schools next week, Independent Sage warns

It is not safe to start reopening all schools next week, a group of independent scientists has warned. The committee accused the government of not listening to its own scientific advice as it pushes for certain classes to go back to school on 1 June. In a new report, the Independent Sage group said the proposals risk “a new surge […]

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Thousands of A-level students could lose their unconditional university offers

Thousands of A-level students could have their unconditional university offers withdrawn this summer, as ministers and the higher education regulator try to crack down on panic offers made during the pandemic. Sources at Westminster say the universities minister, Michelle Donelan, is determined to constrain universities, after private government data showed that 30,000 offers that had been dependent on A-level grades […]

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No school: ‘He’s not getting up till one o’clock’

“I’m worried about a lack of motivation – he’s not getting up until one o’clock.” Many parents across the UK will empathise with mother-of three Louise, who is worried her teenage son is becoming disengaged from his studies, as schools remain closed due to Covid-19. “It’s hard enough motivating a lazy 17-year-old boy who doesn’t really care much about school […]

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