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The boycott will mean members of the University and College Union will refuse to set coursework, or give formal marks for essays or feedback on students’ work. The action will also mean that exams go unmarked.

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NUS motion to condemn Isis fails amidst claims of islamophobia

National Union of Students split by "identity politics" furore

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More than a quarter of those who take part in the Erasmus scheme meet their long-term partner while studying abroad, and more than one million babies may have been produced as a result

EU's Erasmus study abroad programme is 'responsible for 1m babies'

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Ministers and employers have been pressing the need for more students to opt for courses giving them the skills the UK needs to compete in the global market

Universities increasingly take on new students with vocational qualifications instead of A-levels

Growing numbers of teenagers with top-class vocational qualifications are being recruited by UK universities while the number with A-levels dwindle, according to figures released today.

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

Plymouth University 'spent £150,000 on 7 chairs' after protests against potential job losses

Meanwhile job losses have prompted lecturer protests

Already the 60,000 undergraduates at English universities from EU countries owe £690 million in outstanding debts

60,000 more university places may mean more unpaid student loans

Repayments from EU students will be harder to collect, says think tank report

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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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BA in beatboxing? Top conservatoire offers ‘groundbreaking’ performing arts degree

Beatboxing will be part of a new degree

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