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Emily Jupp checks in to find out more.

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Great expectations: a first-class degree is no longer enough

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"Well done, Carruthers. First at Oxford, eh? Just the ticket! When can you start?" This pastiche of recruitment practices in the 1950s and 1960s is only partly apocryphal. (There weren't too many people called Carruthers even then in the higher echelons of the civil service.) It would be totally out-of-date if applied to the recruitment of university graduates in the 21st century.

First class: students go to receive their degrees

David Willetts: Why higher education is getting better by degrees

Applications dropped after the rise in tuition fees last year. But there's still plenty to lure students into higher education, says the universities minister.

Home from home: student Yun Che with her family

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

The scheme links students with host British families.

How to keep your head in a crisis

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'It's all about being mindful and culturally sensitive'

MBA Student of the Year highlights role of soft skills, says Russ Thorne

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.

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