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‘I’m a law student who works to help mental health charities’

Lewis Baxter, 21, on how he makes ends meet with his student loan and part-time tutoring workName: Lewis Alexander BaxterAge: 21Income: £3,000 plus student loan of £4,500 a yearOccupation: Full-time law student, part-time tutor and organisation founder…

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Primary schools forced to cancel flu vaccine sessions in England

Children unable to get free nasal spray vaccine after delay in manufacture Children have been unable to get immunised against flu this winter because GP surgeries and schools have been hit by shortages of the nasal spray version of the vaccine that is …

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Simon Baron-Cohen: ‘Neurodiversity is the next frontier. But we’re failing autistic people’ | Saba Salman

All different types of brains are normal, but greater understanding has not led to more money for autism, says world-leading expertAs a graduate in the 1980s, Simon Baron‑Cohen taught autistic children at a special school in London. Little was known ab…

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I returned to uni for freshers’ week 20 years after leaving. Here’s what has changed

There’s more teetotalism – and students are more likely to have a job. As term begins, our writer visits Glasgow, her alma mater, to hear the hopes and fears of four first-yearsIn the autumn of 1997, I was a fresher at the University of Glasgow. Months…

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‘We’re confused, angry and anxious over Brexit … and so are the children we teach’

As divisive language plumbs new depths, three teachers say their pupils are afraid and they cannot now teach ‘British values’Ed Finch, teacher, Larkrise primary school, OxfordThere’s another general election coming and I am sick to my stomach at the th…

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

A surge in anxiety and stress is sweeping UK campuses. What is troubling students, and is it the universities’ job to fix it? By Samira ShackleWhen he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security,…

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‘My hand shook so much I spilled my tea’: a guide for the introverted fresher

Anxious about starting university – or just missing the dog? Students who have been there share their top tipsThe start of each university year brings fresh images of young students draped over each other in an alcoholic haze, relishing their first tas…