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  • London universities attack ‘levelling down’ plans to cut funding April 14, 2021
    Universities in capital say proposals could create more inequalities than it addressesUniversities in London have said the government’s “levelling up” agenda has resulted in a funding shortfall that risks pushing three institutions into the red.The universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), is planning to remove a portion of the state teaching grant that was […]
    Rachel Hall
  • Pimlico academy parents told: future disobedience will be punished April 14, 2021
    Lord Nash’s letter says pupils should be warned of consequences of further protests at London schoolThe chair of the trust which runs Pimlico academy, the London secondary school at the centre of pupil protests over allegations of race discrimination, has written a letter to parents warning that any future disobedience by pupils will result in […]
    Sally Weale
  • ‘Terrible days ahead’: Afghan women fear the return of the Taliban April 14, 2021
    After 20 years of liberty, female education is once again threatened by hardline IslamistsOutside a college from which their mothers were banned, the women waited for friends finishing exams they fear will be some of the last they can take. “The Americans are leaving,” said Basireh Heydari, a Herat University student. “We have terrible days […]
    Akhtar Mohammad Makoii in Herat and Michael Safi
  • University threatened with legal action from Indian student facing deportation April 14, 2021
    Aryan Patel, 19, says he missed University of Bedfordshire lectures because he had to self-isolate A university in England has been threatened with legal action for telling a computer science student from India he faces deportation after he failed to attend lectures due to having to self-isolate and paying his fees eight days late.Aryan Patel, […]
    Diane Taylor
  • ‘Left behind’: students respond to news that uni campuses won’t reopen April 14, 2021
    Four students at English universities on why they are desperate for a return to face-to-face learning Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUniversity campuses in England will not reopen fully until mid-May at the earliest, the government has announced, leaving many students to continue remote learning for at least another month. Amid concerns about […]
    Molly Blackall
  • English universities despair as in-person teaching ruled out before 17 May April 13, 2021
    Move likely to fuel demands for compensation with students saying they have already missed outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUniversity leaders have expressed despair after the government announced that a full return to face-to face teaching for students in England has been ruled out before 17 May at the earliest.They accused ministers of […]
    Sally Weale and Rachel Hall
  • Richard Bruckdorfer obituary April 13, 2021
    My friend and colleague Richard Bruckdorfer, who has died aged 78 of a brain tumour, was emeritus professor of biochemistry at University College London and an internationally recognised expert in the field of oxidative stress, nitric oxide and free radical science.His work, published in more than 200 papers, explored translational biology, spanning research and application […]
    Surjit Kaila Singh Srai
  • Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries April 12, 2021
    Current laureate Cressida Cowell leads demands to ringfence funds to renew ‘deteriorating’ facilities that fail to appeal to studentsAll of the UK’s children’s laureates, including Cressida Cowell, Quentin Blake, Malorie Blackman and Michael Rosen, are uniting to call for the government to dedicate £100m a year to revitalising “deteriorating” primary school libraries across the country, […]
    Sian Cain
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