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King’s College racism row: Students support doctor

[ad_1] Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption Dr Gopal said she would no longer supervise students at the university in protest at her treatment Cambridge University students have rallied behind an academic who said racism at one college is "widespread".Dr Priyamvada Gopal claimed porters at King's College frequently "hassled" non-white staff and students at the gates, amounting to "racial profiling".Since posting about the issue, current and former students have said
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Brexit youth: ‘I am angry and the future scares me’

[ad_1] Not many students at Coventry City College voted for Brexit - the vast majority weren't old enough.But two years on, the views of 18- and 19-year-olds in this strongly pro-Leave area are pretty striking. When asked how they feel about the vote to leave the EU, there's one overriding emotion: anger - at the fact nobody asked them what they thought.It's not that they have not been heard, says
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‘Should I stay or should I go now?’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Academics and students from the EU are facing a "wait and see" about their futures Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde is facing a big decision - will she continue working as an academic in UK universities after Brexit?She is British but her husband is French and they are worried about the uncertainty of their future status and what she calls rising "xenophobia".They also fear a loss
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Too many firsts risk universities’ credibility, says think tank

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Universities risk losing their credibility due to "rocketing" grade inflation, a think tank has said.According to Reform, the proportion of firsts awarded almost doubled between 1997-2009 and rose by 26% since 2010.Their report calls for national tests to set degree grade benchmarks meaning only the top 10% of students could be awarded firsts. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said universities needed to act to protect the value
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MP Layla Moran’s anger at Dubai’s Oxford University centre claim

[ad_1] Image copyright Government of Dubai Media Office Image caption The published photo included Dubai's minister of cabinet affairs and the future, and minister for artificial intelligence The Dubai government's promotion of an Oxford University research centre that does not exist is "disgraceful", an MP has said.Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran said a press release from Dubai's media office about the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Future Research
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Is Sara a ‘refugee’ or a ‘would-be surgeon’?

[ad_1] Image copyright Paddy Dowling Image caption Sara's home has been a tent for the past three years, since being forced from Syria by war At the age of just 11, Sara's plans for the future are already clear."I will become a surgeon," she says firmly.It's a noble ambition, shared by youngsters the world over.But unlike many of her peers, Sara has more hurdles to overcome to achieve her goal.Because
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From Twitter wars to assassinating Caesar

[ad_1] Image caption Dame Mary Beard wants open debate, but without the "sloganising" and "sexist rants" Historian Mary Beard moves seamlessly from tackling aggressive dimwits on Twitter to talking about the politics of ancient Rome.It's the kind of abrupt gear change we now expect from public intellectuals.And Professor Mary Beard - who became Dame Mary in the most recent honours - has been highly successful at mixing the realm of
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The school children who live in England but are taught in Scotland

[ad_1] Image caption The legacy of past problems at Berwick Academy has convinced some parents to ask for their children to be taught elsewhere Schools in the Scottish Borders are teaching more than 100 children who live in England.Many of the pupils attend the secondary schools in Eyemouth and Duns.One reason for the high number of placing requests may be the legacy of problems at Berwick Academy - although the
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Young people ‘see cannabis as safer than alcohol’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images "For me, having cannabis in the evening is the equivalent of having a glass of wine on a Friday night."People of my generation see cannabis as safer than drinking and safer than smoking," says Faye, 22."The health risks [of drinking and smoking] have been drummed into us."Faye's comments come as Lord Hague has said he wants to see "decisive change" in the law on cannabis
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Stoke-on-Trent school may install washing machine over pupils’ hygiene

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charity In Kind Direct provides essentials such as toothpaste, soap, sanitary products and toilet rolls to schools. A primary school is considering providing a washing machine for parents who cannot afford to keep their children's clothes clean.The head teacher of St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent said she has spent own money buying items for pupils.Nicola Finney said it was