Year: 2019

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Andy McNab: ‘At 16, I read my first book – and it changed my life’

When he joined the army, the author had the reading age of an 11-year-old. But he can still remember the pride he felt at reading his first bookI joined the army straight out of juvenile detention at the age of 16. I was no criminal mastermind – I burg…

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Girls will see a path for themselves if we show how engineering makes a difference

When people ask what it’s like to be a woman in this sector, I long for the time we stop boxing people into stereotypesIf there was a single key to levelling the gender imbalance in engineering and technology careers, we’d have cracked it by now. Plent…

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‘People are scared of looking foolish’: how maths anxiety is holding us back

Two in three students who worry about maths will eventually succeed at the subject. But does this lack of confidence limit career prospects?Nearly everyone will know they have felt anxious about a maths question at some time in their lives. What may no…

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London academics criticise ‘oppressive’ treatment of student protesters

University of London staff speak out against security guards’ ‘heavy-handed’ tacticsAcademics have condemned the “oppressive” treatment of student protesters after the university hired private security staff who forcibly evicted a group that were peace…

University graduate in seven-year battle with Home Office after being 'robbed' of post-study visa

‘This process has turned my life upside down. I feel so hopeless,’ former student says

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Police investigate leak of GCSE religious studies exam paper

Exclusive: latest in series of security breaches highlights role of social media in cheatingPolice have been called in to investigate another exam leak after an unknown number of students had advance sight of part of a GCSE religious studies (RS) paper…

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Free speech isn’t under threat. It just suits bigots and boors to suggest so | Martha Gill

Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot website is the latest attempt to fight ‘censorship’. But are western societies really afraid of open debate?You can’t say anything these days. Free speech is a thing of the past. Young people today can’t cope with reality an…

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Crisis in special educational needs drives parents to court

Number of families appealing against funding decisions surges by 26% as schools and councils struggle to meet cost of provisionA funding shortfall for children with special educational needs has led to a surge in court appeals, as families turn to lega…

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Ethics fly out of the window at Oxford University when big donors come calling | Catherine Bennett

For £150m, can anyone buy naming rights at a great academic institution?What do we know about Stephen Schwarzman, the US financier whose name, following his £150m donation to the University of Oxford, is destined to become synonymous – as the Schwarzma…

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Alice Oswald elected Oxford professor of poetry by huge margin

Oswald will be the first woman to serve in the role, established three centuries agoAlice Oswald has won the race to be Oxford’s latest professor of poetry. She will be the first woman to serve in the position, established more than 300 years ago.Celeb…