Higher education

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UK’s top universities fearful of extra student numbers if A-level grades are high
With teacher-assessed grades this summer expected to result in more top marks, universities are worried about space in halls and staffing

Anna Fazackerley

15, May, 2021 @7:15 AM

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Mary Beard to fund classics students from under-represented groups
Academic and broadcaster will give £80,000 to support two students at Cambridge as parting retirement gift

Sally Weale

14, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Helping pupils in England catch up on lost learning will cost £13.5bn – report
‘Significant investment’ beyond existing £1.7bn needed to deliver on PM’s promise that ‘no child is left behind’ after pandemic

Rachel Hall Education correspondent

13, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Water firms are main source of microplastics in UK rivers, study says
Research says discharge of untreated sewage and wastewater during dry spells to blame

Sandra Laville Environment correspondent

13, May, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Campus free speech law in England ‘likely to have opposite effect’
Campaigners attack the proposals, saying they will further limit what is deemed acceptable speech

Richard Adams Education editor

12, May, 2021 @7:21 PM

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‘Strategic misstep’: arts education cuts risk UK cultural leadership, government told
Proposed 50% funding cut for arts subjects at universities a ‘strategic misstep’, government told in letter

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

12, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Drive for more student diversity paying off, says Oxford University
Institution doubles proportion of new students from disadvantaged backgrounds in five years

Rachel Hall

10, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Lockdown easing in England: what will change from 17 May
Outdoor groups of up to 30 people and indoor meetings of up to six will be allowed, but social distancing to stay inside venues

Rachel Hall

10, May, 2021 @4:07 PM

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All university students in England allowed to return from 17 May
PM confirms further reopening of campuses, although many teaching timetables will already have ended

Sally Weale Education correspondent

10, May, 2021 @4:00 PM

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‘This isn’t how my gap year was meant to be’: how Covid turned young people’s lives upside down
Some have missed out on adventure, others on university places – but as well as turmoil, the pandemic has thrown up some surprising consolations

Sally Williams

08, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Mick Marchington obituary
Other lives: Teacher and scholar of human resource management with a long career at the University of Manchester

Joan McKenna

07, May, 2021 @5:09 PM

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Don’t underestimate the value of arts degrees | Letter
Letter: If funding for arts subjects is slashed, the country will not only be culturally poorer but will also lose skilled and highly motivated graduates, writes Martin Dove


07, May, 2021 @3:40 PM

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