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  • Book clinic: what can I read to look cultured when I go to Cambridge? August 17, 2019
    Zadie Smith and Martin Amis will give you something interesting to contribute to any conversationQ: What books should I read before I start university? I am going to Cambridge and don’t want to seem uncultured compared with all the posh people!Post-A-level studentA: Johanna Thomas-Corr, critic and writer, writes:As someone who was intimidated by all the […]
    Johanna Thomas-Corr
  • Five-pound notes and free pints used to lure students into gambling August 17, 2019
    Undergraduates are being offered cash and drinks to sign up to betting appsStudents at prestigious UK universities are being recruited to promote betting apps on campus and, in some cases, are handing out free cash to entice others to gamble.An investigation by the Observer has found that students are being headhunted by marketing agencies that […]
    Josh Sandiford
  • £6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson August 17, 2019
    Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for yearsSuper deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parentsUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?When did it become acceptable to treat university students as a cash cow, milked for absurd rents that bear little relation to the […]
    Patrick Collinson
  • University – you know the fees, but what about the costs? August 17, 2019
    You’ve got the grades and you’re heading for college. Now get ready to pay the billsSuper deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooHow much will you really spend in your first year at university? Accommodation costs at universities have soared […]
    Patrick Collinson and Miles Brignall
  • Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents August 17, 2019
    The days when all students lived in pretty much the same standard of digs has long goneUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs? £6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooRich parents are being chased by universities offering super-luxe accommodation more akin […]
    Patrick Collinson
  • The Guardian view on A-levels: end the guesswork in university admissions | Editorial August 16, 2019
    Universities must now pick students without knowing their exam results. This is unfair and inefficient. It must changeThis week’s A-level results will have disappointed some students, but despite that there may in one sense never be a better time to be a UK teenager who wants to go on to higher education. It is true […]
  • Edinburgh limits pupil climate strike approval to once a year August 16, 2019
    Activists vow to keep on after council votes to authorise only one day’s school absenceYoung activists have vowed to keep protesting in Edinburgh despite the city council saying it will only authorise pupils to miss school once a year to attend climate strikes.Pupils have been attending protests on Fridays outside the Scottish parliament on an […]
    Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
  • University applications from 18-year-olds at record high August 16, 2019
    Some institutions resort to unusual tactics amid fierce competition for studentsAlmost a third of all 18-year-olds in Britain have applied for undergraduate courses this year, a record high spurred on by aggressive marketing campaigns.A day after A-level results were published in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the admissions service Ucas said more students than ever […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
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