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1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

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You could argue that the fact 14,000 high flying A-level students have been turned down by Oxford and Cambridge is, in some ways, a good news story.

The admissions figures come as Oxbridge snubs the opportunity to have more places available to would-be students through the clearing system

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Fewer white teens applying to university as applications from black pupils soar

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Interesting to look at the employment records of our leading universities, as published by the Higher Education statistics Agency last week. It's not the usual suspects that are in the top spots for getting their graduates into a job or further study. However, it may not be that surprising that some of the specialist higher education institutions do best.

Two-timer: Keele student Emma Haynes

A dual degree means double your chances in a tough jobs market

Why offer students just one subject when studying two can give help kick-start their careers. Richard Garner finds out how Keele's founding principles are coming into their own

Men can expect vast riches from a first, but women will see no benefit

Men can expect a massive pay boost during the lifetime if they get a first class honours degree from university - but women won’t earn an extra penny.

Chalk Talk: Two-and-a-half cheers for Gove's reforms from the history boys

Spare a thought for Professor Jonathan Clark, professor of British history at the University of Kansas and one of three eminent panellists debating the proposed new history curriculum at a seminar organised by the right-of-centre thinktank Politeia last week.

Room service: a student at Wivenhoe House learning on the job

Luxury hotel with a difference: Essex University's Wivenhoe House is staffed by students

Emily Jupp checks in to find out more.

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