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  • What could £700m cost of Rwanda scheme have paid for instead? July 22, 2024
    Scheme denounced as ‘shocking waste’ by new home secretary could have funded teachers, border force officers or renewable energy farmsFailed Rwanda deportation scheme cost £700m, says Yvette CooperThe home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has revealed the Conservatives’ Rwanda scheme cost taxpayers £700m, calling it the “most shocking waste of taxpayers’ money I have ever seen”.Here we […]
    Jamie Grierson
  • English universities should not expect government bailout, Phillipson says July 22, 2024
    Education secretary acknowledged crisis in sector with many institutions facing severe financial difficultiesUniversities in England facing severe financial difficulties should not expect a government bailout, the education secretary has said, despite warnings from the sector of thousands of job losses, course closures and even bankruptcies.With 40% of institutions projected to run budget deficits this year, […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Chinese university sacks professor after social media accusation of sexual harassment July 22, 2024
    Doctoral student at Renmin University of China school of liberal arts in Beijing posted recordings on WeiboA top Chinese university has fired a professor, a day after a graduate student accused him of sexual harassment on social media in a rare public allegation and posted recordings as evidence, drawing widespread support.The woman, who identified herself […]
    Associated Press in Hong Kong
  • Did you solve it? Can you outwit the wizards of Oz? July 22, 2024
    The answers to today’s puzzlesEarlier today I set you these three problems from Parabola, a wonderful magazine from Australia that was first published 60 years ago this month. Here they are again with solutions. Continue reading...
    Alex Bellos
  • Physicist, 98, honoured with doctorate 75 years after groundbreaking discovery July 22, 2024
    Rosemary Fowler discovered the kaon particle during her doctoral research in 1948 but gave up PhD to have a familyA trailblazing physicist who gave up her PhD 75 years ago to have a family has received an honorary doctorate from her former university.Rosemary Fowler, 98, discovered the kaon particle during her doctoral research under Cecil […]
    Mabel Banfield-Nwachi
  • Can you solve it? Can you outwit the wizards of Oz? July 22, 2024
    Ripsnorting riddles from Down UnderUPDATE: Read the solutions here.Parabola, a wonderful Australian maths magazine for secondary school pupils, celebrates its 60th birthday this month. Today’s puzzles are taken from a recently published compilation of its best problems. Continue reading...
    Alex Bellos
  • Labour facing moment of truth over tax pledges, economists warn July 21, 2024
    Experts say 5.5% pay increase for public sector not ‘consistent’ with spending plans that rule out tax risesLabour is fast approaching a moment of truth over its election pledges on tax and spending, experts have warned, after Rachel Reeves indicated the government could agree above-inflation pay rises for public sector staff.The chancellor promised a full […]
    Peter Walker Senior political correspondent
  • Biologist Rosemary Grant: ‘Evolution happens much quicker than Darwin thought’ July 21, 2024
    The evolutionary expert discusses the triumphs and challenges of the groundbreaking research on Galápagos Islands finches she undertook with her husband, PeterStudying Darwin’s finches has been the life’s work of the renowned British evolutionary biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant. For several months every year for 40 years, the husband-and-wife team visited the Galápagos Islands in […]
    Zoë Corbyn
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