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The Devon university spent more than £24,000 on a staff trip to Miami this year

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British universities becoming more gay-friendly, says Stonewall

British universities are becoming more gay-friendly, according to a major new study by a gay rights charity.

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The QS world university rankings praised the standard of research in science and technology at ICL

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College rises from fifth position last year to joint second internationally

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