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Student David Souaan jailed for planning to join Isis in Syria

The sentencing Judge said Souaan was "vulnerable to extremist views" 

Student news round-up: Nottingham thanks fire service for tackling chemistry building inferno

Nottingham thanks fire service for tackling chemistry building inferno

Overall, just 0.49 of university professors per cent are black (FILE PHOTO Corbis)

UK study finds just 17 black female professors

Dr Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust says non-white students get a raw deal

Theresa May's plans to stop students being drawn to terrorism are in conflict with law, says top barrister

Robert Moretto says new measures are against free speech laws for universities

Leeds University, left, and Truro College in Cornwall (Alamy)

Thousands of students shun universities in favour of studying for their degrees at local further education colleges

Convenience and more one-to-one contact with lecturers behind 11.8 per cent rise in the number of undergraduates studying at FE colleges

Students in an exam hall

University of Sheffield students demand investigation over 'highly unfair' exam

Students say the exam included questions  on topics they were not taught

Figures show that 41 per cent of all 18-year-old women in England have applied to university

90,000 more women than men apply for university places

Two per cent rise in total applications

Oxford University has a student population in excess of 20,000 taken from over 140 countries around the world
Neglect, prejudice and invisibility in the classrooms and playground is a way of life for LGBT children

Transphobic poster at University of Bristol condemned by student groups as 'hateful'

The poster warned women of a supposed threat from transgender people

“Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century” was initially supposed to be an afternoon seminar but became a two-day conference

Work of art? Academics to study influence of Kraftwerk

Two-day “Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century” conference

The courses offered at Peter Symonds College cost £3,950 a year

Winchester sixth-form college offers cut-price degree courses

Courses, which cost £3,950 a year, see sharp rise in popularity

Oxford University has a student population in excess of 20,000 taken from over 140 countries around the world

Top universities refuse to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Think tank: Universities need to be transparent if they want to raise fees further

79% of students will struggle financially this Christmas

Students are planning to spend an average of £170 this Christmas - with £119 devoted to buying presents and £51 left over for socialising.

US university turns library into nightclub to celebrate final exams

An American university has turned its library - temporarily - into a nightclub after students posted satirical messages on social media.

Supporters of Theresa May's policy point to figures showing that 121,000 non-EU students entered Britain in the year to June, but only 51,000 left

Theresa May's curbs on foreign students are 'a silly idea', say Liberal Democrats

Theresa May wants non-EU students to return home after finishing courses

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