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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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The proudest day of her father's life: Jessica Norman on graduation day with her parents

Oxford elitist? Not in my book

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Specialist universities come out best in student satisfaction league table

Bath University comes out top among major institutions

Richard Garner: Time for university applications AFTER the A-level results

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

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Some experiences that you notch up as a student you just can't beat.

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'Right-wing panties' and other university exam howlers

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Chalk Talk: Oxford and Cambridge aren't top of every league table

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.

Universities allowed to increase places for brightest A-level students

More than 100,000 of the brightest A-level students will see their chances of going to some of the country's most selective universities rise this summer.

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