New Year Update

First of all, I’d like to wish all our members across the UK a happy and healthy New Year. I hope that you managed to get some downtime over the Christmas break. Even if you were not able to see family or friends, I hope that you were still able to switch off – literally …
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Covid: How to actually concentrate and do some online uni

When Bethany Wakenshaw started her nursing course this year, she could ask for practical advice from her teachers in person, as she practised CPR and other life support skills. But after coronavirus cases began to rise again across the UK, her classes moved online last month. Despite the teaching staff's best efforts, she finds online …
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Covid: Students call for university accommodation refunds

Students in Wales want partial refunds for university accommodation because they are not spending as much time there due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Union of Students Wales (NUS Wales) said students "shouldn't be penalised financially" for following Welsh Government guidelines. Two Welsh universities have offered students refunds. The Welsh Government said universities should …
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Cambridge University starts new foundation courses for ‘disadvantaged’ students

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who fail to meet the University of Cambridge's high entry requirements will be given a new chance to study at the prestigious institution. The university usually requires A*AA at A level to get on degree courses, but a new one-year foundation course has 50 places for students who achieve BBB. If …
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Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

As the UK government embarks on its next round of qualification reform, Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University (LSBU), argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design. The reforming of qualifications is no easy business. The government has …
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