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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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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…

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UK universities in landmark deal to buy energy direct from windfarms

Twenty institutions including Newcastle and Exeter club together in 10-year deal worth £50mTwenty of the UK’s leading universities have struck a £50m deal to buy renewable energy directly from British windfarms for the first time.The collaborative clea…

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Teach us how to look after our mental health, say university students

Survey shows students want wellbeing modules similar to those planned for schoolsStudents want universities to teach them how to look after their mental health and wellbeing as anxiety and stress levels surge on UK campuses, according to a survey.Ninet…

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In the twisted story of eugenics, the bad guy is all of us | Angela Saini

Francis Galton is rightly criticised for advancing this immoral, racist non-science. But remember, his ideas were mainstreamHow should we remember historical figures who we know have done terrible things? It’s a dilemma we face more often, as universit…

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This is how white privilege plays out in the Harvard admissions process

Researchers estimate that roughly three-quarters of white legacy students would have been rejected if they had been treated the same as their non-white peersFor those who believe that white privilege is a myth, a new study on the Harvard admissions pro…

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Obscenity judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover to stay in UK

Book bearing notes from the judge’s wife about ‘coarse’ content bought by Bristol University after a crowdfunding campaignThe copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover used by the judge in the landmark 1960 obscenity trial is to remain in the UK, after the Unive…

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Oxford professor’s children refused visas to join her in UK

US family split as Home Office makes it increasingly difficult for overseas academics to work in UK universitiesAmber Murrey, an American academic, was “ecstatic” about being appointed associate professor in geography at Oxford University last year. Bu…