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More lower-income students going to university despite tuition fees

Ucas figures show overall admissions in 2014 were at a record 512,400, with 10% rise in candidates from poorer familiesThe number of students securing degree places at UK universities and colleges topped half a million for the first time in 2014, with 512,400 people gaining places and a rise of 10% in those from the poorest households.Universities are making record levels of offers to woul

Research excellence framework 2014: the postmortem – live chat

Join us 19 December from 12-2pm GMT to discuss whether the Ref is an effective way to audit research in UK universities *Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university*See the full university rankings here*Which subjects are producing the best research?*Uni staff say Ref has fuelled campus bullyingConversations about the research excellence framework (Ref) tend to ge

From the Moon to mongooses, crowdfunding rescues science research

Online donors have pledged more than £3bn to help science studies Continue reading...

Heroes of 2014: Danielle George, the scientist encouraging kids to take things apart

The Manchester University professor will explain how to hack everyday objects in her Faraday Christmas lectures Continue reading...

Should I take an online language course – or go to my local college?

I plan to learn Spanish in the new year – but wonder if there is an effective alternative to £200-a-term classes Continue reading...

Secret Teacher: what if Ofsted and the DfE got their hands on Christmas?

Gifts, mince pies and crackers must display the objective of Christmas, which can no longer be deemed satisfactory• More from the Secret Teacher Continue reading...

Secret Santa: 'there is always the resident office scrooge'

The yearly office ritual of secret Santa is upon us. And it’s no simple task to organise. One academic recounts the experience in six stages Continue reading...

Ed Balls has passed grade four piano. Congratulations to him

As one who also came to the piano late, I admire the shadow chancellor for his musical achievement Continue reading...

Try the Royal Statistical Society Christmas quiz

Try and get through the quiz requiring a large dose of mental agility at this festive time of year and win a subscription to _Significance_ magazine Continue reading...

Want to earn money while you study? Consider becoming a tutor

If you like teaching and know your university subject well, tutoring could be a good way to make money *Read more on students and employability Continue reading...

British, Muslim and want to work in PR? Brace yourself for the bumpy ride

PR can be fascinating and rewarding but a lack of diversity means it’s hard work being a minority in this industry• More from PR peep show Continue reading...

Free school meals take off, boys text talk and support for Roma students

Education round up: Nick Clegg says cynics of free school meals can eat their sprouts, primary school boys more likely to use text language and Ofsted champion support for Roma children Continue reading...

Ref 2014 – your reaction in tweets

Twitter feeds have been flooded with celebratory comments following the research excellence framework results. We pull out some more reflective comments *Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university*See the full university rankings here*Which subjects are producing the best research?*Uni staff say Ref has fuelled campus bullying Continue reading...

Nick Clegg promotes Liberal Democrats school meals policies - video

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats leader, talks up his party's school meals policies on Thursday. Clegg has said that more than 1.6 million infants are getting lunchtime school dinners which is helping them learn. He discusses how the policies are being implemented, but says there is still more to be done Continue reading...

Police arrest man after shots allegedly fired at Dorset school ground staff

Staff and children kept briefly inside Highcliffe school, Christchurch, after workers reportedly shot at by ‘air weapon’ Continue reading...

85% of primary school students take up offer of free school meals

Liberal Democrats welcome figures after initiative to provide free dinners to all children regardless of wealth of their parents Continue reading...

Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter

Rumer was the heroine at an event on the future of music education which highlighted both positives and negatives Continue reading...

Why we must raise the bar to becoming a barrister

The poor calibre of many students on the compulsory BPTC undermines the value of the course*Read more stories about studying law Continue reading...

Lego: can this most analogue of toys really be a modern urban planning tool?

Lego wants to be taken seriously by architects, urban planners, even MIT. Can these pricey kids’ toys teach us how to build better cities, or is it all just brand hype?*Quiz: Can you identify the cities from these Lego landmarks? Continue reading...

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

Research Excellence Framework, which judges quality of research, widely criticised as divisive and a cause of bullying Continue reading...

Three ways teachers can wind down effectively after a long term

The Christmas break is finally here, so how can teachers make sure they leave work in the classroom? Neurologist Judy Willis shares her advice Continue reading...

Ref 2014: which subjects are producing the best research?

Science departments in UK universities have the highest proportion of excellent research, while health studies come out top for their impact success*Ref 2014: the full rankings*Ref 2014: subjects results in full*Why is the research excellence framework such a big deal? Continue reading...

Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university

Results of two-year-long assessment of universities’ research output will determine division of funding• See the full university rankings here Continue reading...

Student raises thousands of pounds for homeless man who offered her money

A Preston art student raises over £20,000 for a homeless man who tried to help her get home safely Continue reading...

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

From talking on the phone for the first time to using local slang and being faced with a wall of laughter, Erica Buist on how to get over some of the most painful language mistakes Continue reading...

UK universities prepare to find out how research activity has been rated

Vice-chancellors will discover results of research excellence framework, which determines distribution of £2bn in funding Continue reading...

Festive films to murder mysteries: 7 things to keep students busy this Christmas

From baking together to visiting Christmas markets, there are plenty of ways to keep your son or daughter from getting bored over the festive season Continue reading...

REF 2014: why is it such a big deal?

Results from this week’s research audit will determine universities’ funding and reputation for years to come*Join our REF live chat 19 December from 12-2pm GMT Continue reading...

Bullying in higher education: it's time to hold the sector to account

We should be worried about the competence of those running our universities, says Gus John, who identifies three reasons why bullying goes unchecked in academia• Struggle for top research grades fuels bullying among university staff•Bullying in universities: three staff members share their stories Continue reading...

Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners - in pictures

If someone you know has learning a language as a New Year’s resolution, here are few ideas for a perfect gift to help them on their way Continue reading...


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