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Back in the black: vice-chancellor Professor Malcolm Gillies says there is now a glimmer of light

London Metropolitan University has restored its finances and reputation - but at a price

The university has had a wretched time of late, being hit by a £36.5m fine and stripped of the right to sponsor students from outside the EU

Cambridge University's Trinity College

Cambridge raises A-level grades needed to study science degrees

Science, maths, medicine and engineering degrees will all now require at least two A*s and one A

University and College Union threatens legal action against any university which docks the pay of lecturers who strike on Thursday

A union is threatening to take legal action against any university which docks its members a day's pay for taking part in upcoming strike action.

Professors' pay dispute with British universities escalates - as academics threaten to stop marking students' final exams

Lecturers' union UCU is planning to disrupt this term with a series of two-hour walkouts over pay and conditions

Sussex University dramatically lifts exclusions on five suspended students

The so-called "Sussex 5" reinstated after pressure from students, MPs - and Cara Delevingne

Samuel Osborne, psychology student: 'We’ve been given marks for work but we don’t know how that fits together into the big picture'

Should British universities grade students using an American-style system?

It has taken almost a decade of discussion, but it appears that the time has come for reform of degree classifications.

UUK also warned universities the British National Party is not a proscribed organisation - even though some student unions have adopted a policy of “no platform for racists” towards it

Freedom of speech is not an 'absolute', university leaders warn

Universities' governing body warns institutions need to balance freedom of speech with respect

The success of online courses such as those offered by FutureLearn is due to their accessibility – they can be done anywhere

Through the learning glass: New schemes such as FutureLearn are allowing prospective students to take free courses online

Students can schedule the lessons around jobs, children and other responsibilities

Campbell's loop: The former spin doctor knows plenty about the media's inner workings

Who better to give lectures to journalism students than Alastair Campbell?

Now, if I were the sort of lazy, formulaically minded, indeed "garbagic" journalist that Alastair Campbell so understandably despises, this article would be very easy to compose. It would go something like this:

Rocky horror university: Centre for 'gothic studies' opens in Manchester

Academics to stare into the void at Manchester Metropolitan University. Will the void stare back?

Chalk Talk: Don't laugh - Brunel University's new centre for comedy is a rather serious business

And now for something completely different. Brunel University has just officially launched the first Centre for Comedy Studies in the UK's higher education system.

University staff to hold one-day strike over pay

Academics and university support staff will hold a one-day national strike at the end of this month, in an escalating row over pay and conditions.

What's the difference between the words 'lie', 'deceive' and 'mislead'? Oxford releases interview questions

University releases sample questions ahead of interviews in December to "demystify" the process

Education Secretary Michael Gove has led the the move to implement more unqualified teachers in schools

Government plans to overhaul GCSEs and A-levels at the same time will 'wreck' education, says Oxford University's head of admissions

Mike Nicholson told a conference of exam board representatives of 'tragic consequences' of exam reform

No new tuition fee rise, promises Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister insists £9,000 is the cap

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