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Higher student numbers could increase overall dropouts

Government plans to lift the cap on student numbers could lead to an overall increase in university dropouts, a senior vice-chancellor has warned. Professor Sir David Eastwood, vice-chancellor of Birmingham University, told The Independent that this would open university education to students “that are not well suited to higher education”, and that university would not […]

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New study finds link between lack of height and dementia

Lower than average height could be a warning sign for dementia in later life, according to the results of a new study. The study, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, the University of Sydney and University College London, concluded that the link was stronger in men than in women. It combined the results of 18 […]

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Students increasingly dependent on payday loans

Dependence on payday loan companies is becoming more and more common among students, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has warned. Research conducted by the foundation found that payday loan companies provide up 62 per cent of all commercial financial support taken out by students. The study also found that just eight per cent of students […]

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EUSA Welfare Council discusses credit unions and KB

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) Welfare Council met last week to discuss key issues brought up by students. Some of the main issues discussed were the isolation of King’s Buildings from George Square, and the problem of sexual harassment in Edinburgh. Plans to affiliate EUSA with a branch of Capital Credit Union were also […]

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UK universities warned to raise current tuition fee levels

UK universities are at risk of falling in prestige if tuition fees are not raised, a senior academic has warned. Professor A C Grayling, founder and master of the New College of the Humanities, said that top institutions were subsidising student degrees “to the tune of around £70 million a year”. Students at Grayling’s institution […]

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Pensions row could cause further strikes

A disagreement over pensions could lead to strikes by UK academics, the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) has warned. The UCU, the largest trade union for academics in the UK, announced last week that it was balloting members over an exams boycott. This boycott would be carried out over alterations to the Universities Superannuation Scheme […]

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40 per cent of former Erasmus students live and work abroad

More than a third of students who take part in the Erasmus program move abroad later in life, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by the European Commission, assessed 88,000 participants from the European-wide scheme. Erasmus, set up in 1987 and named after Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch traveller, has taken approximately three million […]

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University of Edinburgh retains 17th place in world ranking

The University of Edinburgh has been ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings for the second year in a row. Commenting on the results, Peter McColl, Rector of The University of Edinburgh, told The Student: “It’s good to see the hard work of the University staff recognised in these rankings. “The international reputation of […]