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  • School textbooks are on the way out – and pupils will lose so much with them | Sam Leith July 16, 2019
    Now Pearson is moving to digital-only, new generations will miss the memories bound up with the sight and smell of booksThe world’s largest publisher of textbooks is preparing to throw in the towel on print and paper: Pearson has announced a digital-first strategy for its US market. New books will be published in electronic rather […]
    Sam Leith
  • Pearson shifts to Netflix-style subscription model for textbooks July 16, 2019
    Academic publisher hopes to convince students to pay to access online materialsThe era of students using their loans to buy expensive textbooks upfront could be coming to an end, after the academic publisher Pearson announced a shift towards a Netflix-style subscription-based model.The British company has for years profited from the demand for specialist textbooks at […]
    Jim Waterson Media editor
  • ‘I loved my time at uni. I struggle to remember anything bad’ – alumni stories July 16, 2019
    How has university changed through the years? Previous generations recall how it went for themThey’re supposed to be the best days of your life – but is university everything it’s cracked up to be, now that it comes packaged with more stress and financial worries? Twenty or 30 years ago there were no tuition fees, […]
    Kim Thomas
  • Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to help July 16, 2019
    With freshers’ events that don’t involve drinking, plus hundreds of societies to choose from, universities cater to all personality types Before your child starts university, it’s helpful to think about challenges they have already faced, and talk with them about how they might handle these at university. Although it’s a new start, problems don’t just […]
    Paddy Woodman
  • Kids off to uni? Here's how you can help July 16, 2019
    Your children will need advice, but don’t expect them to act on all your suggestions – it’s their life, after allBefore his teenage sons left for university, Richard Marshall taught them to make curry, bread and home-brewed beer. As a single parent, he had already passed on the “ability to live on a fairly tight […]
    Kim Thomas
  • Experience: ‘My son going to university made my own course possible’ July 16, 2019
    Carol Wilhide Justin started an MA in print at the Royal College of Art while son Jack was at the University of East Anglia and daughter Celia was doing her A-levelsThe empty nest hit me quite hard, perhaps because Jack was the first to go away. But although that first year was difficult, and I […]
    Guardian Staff
  • Personal statements: How to help them sell themselves July 16, 2019
    They have 4,000 characters to convince a university that they’re a great catch. Here’s how parents can helpA student’s personal statement is exactly what it sounds like – a chance for the student to put their case for being accepted, above others, on a specific course. It should outline interests, skills and experience, and no […]
    Heidi Scrimgeour
  • University green rankings at risk despite climate emergency July 16, 2019
    This year’s People and Planet league table could be the last unless the Office for Students has a change of heartWhile young people call for urgent action on the climate emergency, universities are lagging behind, with two-thirds likely to fail their 2020 targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. And academic conferences are partly to […]
    Liz Lightfoot
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