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The grand London 'semi' that spawned a housing revolution – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 8

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 10:09

3–5 Porchester Terrace is a substantial pile by anyone’s standards. But this west London home set the template for Britain’s most popular type of housing

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Six ways the Dutch are nailing student life

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 09:59

Being a student in the UK can be stressful and intense – so I’m glad I opted for the easygoing Netherlands

It wasn’t easy for me to turn down a place at Cambridge in favour of studying in Amsterdam. As the end of my first year approaches, however, I’m in no doubt that I made the right choice.

After an international childhood spent living in four different countries, I wanted to be in a global city. I also wasn’t sure which subject I wanted to study, and the liberal arts course at Amsterdam University College allows me to explore a range of options.

Related: Exchange students: how to survive abroad on a shoestring

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Top five university pranks to watch out for on April Fools' day

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 09:51

Hoisted cars, fake students and remodeled buildings – practical jokes have a long history on university campuses. Here are some of the most notorious

Many university campuses have statues of mascots or key figures from the institution’s history – and dressing them up has become a longstanding tradition the world over. One dramatic failed attempt to dress up a campus statue is particularly worth highlighting. In 1958, a group of students at the University of California, Los Angeles, thought it would be a good idea to coat the Tommy Trojan statue on rival University of Southern California campus in manure. Incredibly, the students rented a helicopter to dump their cargo, but the manure got sucked up into the helicopter’s rotor blades, spraying the students with a taste of their own medicine. Poor Tommy has been the subject of so many pranks (including having his sword repositioned in a rather uncomfortable manner) that the school has installed a live webcam to deter further assaults on his integrity.

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Girls' education: 'Policymakers are hardwired to look for low-hanging fruit'

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 08:00

After achievements in girls’ primary school access, NGOs need to addresses the trickier challenge of secondary school

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It's only fair. Business should pay its employees' Hecs debt

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 02:46

Labor’s Hecs scheme is the template upon which Christopher Pyne’s current university funding policy rests. Both parties are missing the mark

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Medieval hospital cemetery for poor found under Cambridge University

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 00:01

Remains of more than 1,000 people, many thought to be struggling scholars from 13th-15th centuries, discovered during excavations at St John’s College

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Philip Pullman joins calls to scrap baseline tests for four and five-year-olds

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 20:00

Author adds voice to those calling for plans for exams be reversed, arguing assessments would be ‘statistically invalid’ and ‘dangerous for children’

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The future of further education is turbulent, but full of opportunity

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 18:31

FE has suffered swingeing cuts under the coalition. But the crisis is a chance to reexamine funding, training and new technology. Harriet Swain reports

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Glasgow School of Art to be restored by local firm Page\Park

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 18:15

Construction of Charles Rennie Mackintosh library is being analysed before it is carefully restored, with 21st century thinking

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Ed Reckless stands down as student union president

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 17:09

The incoming Loughborough student president has resigned, following a student petition to have him removed for ‘slapping’ a woman in the face

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Four in 10 new teachers quit within a year

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:57

Teachers union launches scathing attack on government’s education policy, which has tripled the exodus of newly qualified teachers

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University event questioning Israel's right to exist is cancelled

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 14:31

6,400-strong petition condemned Southampton conference as one-sided but organisers call on university to stand up for free speech

A conference at the University of Southampton discussing the right of Israel to exist has been cancelled, say the organisers, who have accused the institution of bowing to pressure at the expense of free speech.

The conference, due to take place next month, described itself as “unique because it concerns the legitimacy in international law of the Jewish state of Israel”, but critics denounced it as one-sided.

The controversial nature of the conference is precisely where … commitment to freedom of speech is tested

The far-left’s bashing of Israel ​… often descends into naked antisemitism

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