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Elite universities are too obsessed with tradition to tackle racism effectively | Clive Nwonka

The obsession with cachet at top universities holds back anti-racism efforts. Less prestigious institutions are leading the wayAs we begin a new academic year, the struggle to decolonise higher education in the UK continues – especially after the issue…

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Grade inflation fears prompt new voluntary code for UK degrees

Students need ‘exceptional’ skills and knowledge to achieve firsts, says Universities UKStudents will need to “consistently demonstrate” exceptional initiative and problem-solving skills to be awarded first-class honours in their undergraduate degrees,…

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UCL workers to decide on strike action over ‘unjust’ outsourcing

Cleaners, porters and security workers exploited by university, say campaignersHundreds of cleaners, porters and security workers at University College London (UCL) are to be balloted on strike action as part of a campaign to end staff outsourcing.Orga…

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Two-thirds of UK universities bring in sexual consent training – report

Universities UK welcomes findings but says more work needed to prevent racial harassment Universities in the UK have made progress in dealing with sexual harassment on campus, with nearly two-thirds introducing consent training for students, according …

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How I found my vocation: ‘As a black, deaf student, I work 10 times harder’

I was told I wouldn’t be able to go to university, but I used that frustration to fuel my studies I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black. It’s a double struggle to fit in and I’ve had to work 10 times harder than my classmates….

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October 1920: Women granted full membership of Oxford University

October 1920 saw Oxford University finally grant women full membership and the right to take degrees, also allowing those who had previously taken examinations to return to matriculateThe preamble for a statute providing admission of women to degrees a…

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Top scientists accuse Boris Johnson of ‘behaving like a clown’ over research funding

The prime minister’s Brexit policy is sacrificing the UK’s science reputation – and billions of pounds in EU grantsTwo Nobel laureates and other top scientists are accusing Boris Johnson of destroying Britain’s global reputation by behaving “like a clo…

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Just imagine if your school had seen a 5% annual funding rise since 2010, like the Labour years | Fiona Millar

Boris Johnson’s promise to boost funding won’t even return schools to where they were in 2010Sick of the slogan, Get Brexit Done? The new Conservative party mantra will almost certainly infuriate or seduce, depending on your view about the EU referendu…

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Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

Integrated schooling is getting international recognition, decades after it started at the height of the TroublesHazelwood Integrated primary school in North Belfast is a symbol of efforts to bring together a divided city. The school stands next to a b…

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Minister warns developers over delays to student homes

Builders to be challenged over why accommodation blocks are not ready at start of termThe universities minister has called a summit to address the problem of unfinished student accommodation, which has resulted in hundreds of undergraduates having to f…