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Unsung heroes: influential women of 2020

2020 gave us an abundance of stories of powerful and inspirational women. In the US, Vice-President elect Kamala Harris made history when she became the first female vice president, the first African American vice president and the first Asian vice president. The passing of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought to the forefront of […]

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Klarna and Clearpay: A false sense of financial security?

In 2020, online shopping is almost as synonymous with student life as beans on toast. Busy schedules make the idea of trekking all the way to the high street an unrealistic afternoon activity, especially when there are literally thousands of options more readily available online. Why give up hours of your day to find the […]

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Free tuition for EU students attending Scottish universities to end from 2021

The Scottish government announced plans for further and higher education this week, including the decision to end free tuition for EU students from the 2021-2022 academic year onwards. Before Brexit, EU students in Scotland had been entitled to the same tuition fees as ‘home’ students under EU law. Once the UK has officially left the […]

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Scottish government proposes bill allowing students to break lease agreements early due to pandemic

The Scottish government has proposed a new bill to parliament this week which, if passed, will allow students to break lease agreements for accommodation that they are no longer using due to Covid-19. The proposal has been welcomed by the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland, who said that student accommodation providers had “disgraced themselves” […]

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Loss of Erasmus Scheme could lead to challenge for UK students studying abroad

The Erasmus+ scheme offers students opportunities to study or work abroad and has existed since 1987. Over 50 EU and non-EU countries participate in the scheme, and eligible students are provided with a grant to help with living costs and the process of moving abroad. This is a unique feature of the Erasmus+ scheme, which […]

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Mercury in Retrograde: what’s this obsession with astrology?

Far from being a new phenomenon, the process of observing celestial movements and making predictions based on them goes back as far as 3000 BC. Just think of the Mayan calendar that predicted the end of the world in 2012, or Babylonian astrology that was used to predict the weather. But modern-day use of astrology […]

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Scrapping predictive grades and unconditional offers is a step in the right direction

Unlike most university application processes found around the world, the current application process in parts of the UK requires students to apply for university places using only their predicted grades as evidence for their academic ability. Offers are then made based upon these predicted grades. According to research, only one in six A-level grades is […]

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Is clearing a good system for the allocation of remaining university places?

According to UCAS, around 70,000 students in the UK were accepted onto a university course through clearing last year. Students left disappointed on results day can use the UCAS tool to find a place on a different course or at an alternative university if they don’t achieve the grades they had hoped for. Conversely, students […]