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Oxford Union accused of racism for sale of 'colonial comeback' cocktail

The Oxford Union debating society has been accused of racism by students after it named a drink the ‘colonial comeback cocktail’ at an eventStudents have accused the Oxford Union of racism after it sold a cocktail named the “colonial comeback” at a debate about the British Empire. Posters for the drink, posted at the union, included an image of black hands in chains, alongside the drink’s

Orthodox Jewish sect's female driver ban condemned by Nicky Morgan

Department for Education launches investigation into order issued by Belz sect, which runs two schools in north LondonThe education secretary has condemned an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect’s decision to ban women from driving, saying the edict was “completely unacceptable in modern Britain”.Nicky Morgan, who is also the minister for women and equalities, spoke as the Department for Education

UK universities urged to adopt US-style grading system

Report says the grade point average system provides students with a more precise grade, which will benefit employers looking to recruit UK universities are being encouraged to adopt a new US-style grading system to provide employers with a more accurate picture of how students perform throughout their studies.In a report, published by the Higher Education Academy, universities are urged to

Oxford University to appoint first female vice-chancellor

Nomination of Prof Louise Richardson, expert on terrorist movements and current St Andrews principal, hailed as momentous event in institution’s historyThe University of Oxford is to appoint its first female vice-chancellor since its records began nearly 800 years ago, after Prof Louise Richardson was nominated for the university’s most senior office.Richardson, currently the principal and

Fury after primary pupils are asked to complete radicalisation-seeking surveys

Parents complain after London council circulates questionnaire among year 6 pupils in schools with large Muslim intakesParents of children as young as nine have reacted angrily after schools in an east London borough asked pupils to complete surveys designed to provide clues to possible radicalisation. Waltham Forest council has been piloting the scheme in five primary schools with large Musl

You don't have to have a one-track mind to study law

Opting for a joint honours law degree can make you view the subject in a whole new lightWhenever I tell people I study law with humanities, they ask why I didn’t opt for a traditional LLB degree, often referred to as straight law.My course is relatively new and appealed to me because I wanted a qualifying degree, so I can enter the legal profession, but also to continue with other subjects

My son said no to drugs

He’d been taking recreational drugs since his teens, so when his own 14-year-old son took a hard anti-drugs line with his friends, one father wondered if his boy was needlessly making life hard for himself Continue reading...

Secret Teacher: I'm astonished by what some parents complain about

My job is hard enough without being inundated with messages from parents who are unhappy about everything from the weather to sick leave*More from the Secret Teacher Continue reading...

Colorado school refuses to let valedictorian come out as gay in speech

Gay rights activists criticise high school’s decision as principal says graduation ceremony is not the time for a student to ‘push his personal agenda’ Continue reading...

Liz Kendall 'will back white working-class young'

Shadow minister gives speech on child aspiration, as Labour leadership rivals Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper focus on engaging with ‘the disillusioned’ Continue reading...

Professor, clean thyself: a catalogue of irritants at the British Library

An influx of students has annoyed the denizens of the stacks. But before they criticise, they should take a long, hard sniff at their own insanitary tweed Continue reading...

Queen's speech includes plans to tackle 'coasting' schools – weekly news review

Cambridge tops the Guardian’s university guide, young people shut out of employment and Ofsted’s chief calls for failing heads to be replaced Continue reading...

Christopher Pyne admits compulsory science and maths plan not a winner

Education minister says ‘I think it’s fair to say that I have a way to go convincing all the state and territory ministers’ to agree to the proposal Continue reading...

Chinese nationals charged with cheating by impersonation on US college tests

The 15 people caught taking entrance exams for those abroad reveals increasing pressure on Asian students to obtain visas to attend prestigious western schools Continue reading...

All books and no sex: Harvard study finds 1 in 4 grads had no intercourse

Annual survey finds 21% of seniors were virgins and 26% had 10 or more partners, but 60% reported drinking once a week during college years Continue reading...

Live Q&A: how to make the most of your NQT year

Join us on Wednesday 3 June from 5.30 to 7.30pm to quiz our experts on navigating your first year as a qualified teacher Continue reading...

Ex-ham stress: students cuddle piglets to relieve revision-related anxiety

Nottingham Trent University sets up ‘micropig’ room giving students some pet therapy before exams Continue reading...

Half term holiday bakes – in pictures

We asked you to have a break from report writing and marking this half term and get baking. Here are the best sugary creations we’ve seen so far Continue reading...

The digital language barrier: how does language shape your experience of the internet?

Does the language you speak online matter? The ability to communicate freely and access information are all promises woven into the big sell of internet connection. But how different is your experience if your mother tongue, for example, is Zulu rather than English? Tap the image below to explore the relationship between languages and the internet Continue reading...

Pencil erasers are ‘the devil’? It’s not as outrageous as it sounds

A leading scientist has made this thunderous claim, as he says erasers teach children to be ashamed of failure. But it’s the lesson in cruelty that I worry about Continue reading...

Student gardeners: here's how to grow your own fruit and veg

Whether seasoned seedsmen or gardening greenhorns, all students can harvest the benefits of growing their own food Continue reading...

University league tables 2016

Find a course at a UK university Continue reading...

UK students increasingly opting to study abroad

British Council study shows a third of students aged between 16 and 30 are interested in some form of overseas study Continue reading...

OECD survey highlights skills problem among young Britons

Low-skilled young people locked out of the labour market as they face barriers due to a lack of employable skills Continue reading...

University tables: Coventry slips past Russell Group peers to enter top 20

Cambridge holds on to the number one spot in the Guardian’s university overall league table*See how your university has fared in the 2016 rankings Continue reading...

Top universities fail to record sexual violence against students

Fewer than half of Russell Group universities log all allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment reported by students Continue reading...

Oxford University students vote to keep 'archaic' subfusc academic dress

Critics had argued that compulsory wearing of mortarboards, gowns and traditional outfits was elitist and off-putting Continue reading...

Sir Anthony Seldon: private schools 'overly focused on league tables'

Departing head of Wellington College draws ire for charge that UK independent schools cower in the face of government, parents and universities Continue reading...

Cambridge students urge university to stop making their exam results public

A petition calling on the University of Cambridge to seek students’ permission before it publicly displays their results is gaining momentum Continue reading...

Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits

National Literacy Trust report also says girls continue to outpace boys in their enthusiasm for reading for pleasure Continue reading...


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