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I faked a student pregnancy, and I was horrified by the reaction

With the birth of the royal baby, the world has gone pregnancy mad. But as Ellie House found, pregnant students do not experience nearly so much goodwill

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You've seen the flyers around campus. Maybe you've wondered what being a medical guinea pig is like? Tom Clarke finds out more

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Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). and while universities might be making great strides to combat homophobia, transgender students are still having far too tough a time of it

Do disabled students get enough support at university?

A disability is tough at the best of times. When combined with the stresses and strains of university life, it can be completely overwhelming

Are universities doing enough to support students with mental health problems?

Statistics show students are struggling with mental health more than ever. Is your university doing enough to provide for your welfare?

The College Dropout, by Kanye West

Dropping out of university: It's not the disaster you think it is

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Seven out of 10 heads conceded that schools were not doing enough to prepare young people for undergraduate life

Universities ignoring binge drinking culture and failing to protect students' wellbeing, say teachers

Survey of school leaders finds universal concern over pastoral support offered at higher education institutions

My story: Living with OCD

When I moved away from home, to a new city, with new people I thought I was about to start one of the most exciting periods of my life. What I didn’t expect was that after four months I would be experiencing not only the high life of university but also the anxiety of OCD.

Mental health: Don’t suffer in silence

University: it is depicted in the media as one long, unending party and the chance complete the ‘essential life experience’ of activities before graduation. Everyone expects young people to be euphoric on the university experience and for many, this is not far wrong.

Flapjacks are a quick and easy snack or dessert - it might not come out looking quite as perfect as this, though

Five quick and easy dessert recipes for students

Why not treat yourself to a nice dessert sometimes? We've gathered some recipes for you to try out if you want to impress...

Everyone knows how to cook a fried egg, right? Right?!

Five quick and easy main meal recipes for students

Everyone has at least one 'signature' recipe that they're really good at, but it gets boring after a while. So we've gathered some recipes that might give you some inspiration in the kitchen...

The increase in tuition fees is putting students under pressure to get the most value from their courses, which can cause anxiety

Don't be afraid to ask for help at university

There are plenty of support services available at university that are sympathetic to freshers' needs

Sex and uni often goes hand in hand, just make sure you stay safe

Everything you need to know about sex

Sex and university are intrinsically linked, find out how to get the best and avoid the pests.

A brief guide to looking after yourself properly at university

Independence means it is time to take care of yourself - and others

There's plenty of support and advice available to freshers

For many parents, the day their child goes to university is also the first time they have left home. Under any circumstances, that can be daunting, but when it takes them away from their home town, it can seem overwhelming, particularly at the moment you drop off your son or daughter and wave goodbye.

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