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First class: students go to receive their degrees

David Willetts: Why higher education is getting better by degrees

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Host UK is helping foreign students combat the loneliness of the Christmas holidays

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How to keep your head in a crisis

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Chalk Talk: The man who turned down Grayling's offer of megabucks

To Politeia, the right-of-centre think-tank, for a talk on the future of universities by Lord (Martin) Rees, one of the UK's foremost scientists and former master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

New report card to be a better gauge of graduates

Every student will be given a school-style report alongside their degrees under a shake-up of the higher education system unveiled by vice-chancellors today.

Open University has the happiest students in Britain

The Open University has the highest student satisfaction rating of all universities in Britain according to new rankings.

Get ahead with a postgraduate course

Graduates can benefit from staying in higher education, says Paul Dinsdale

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