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Guardian Media Group begins tough search for new chief exec

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Rosie Waterhouse: Universities must take action on Muslim extremism

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'Spectator' editor vows not to soil his hands with politics

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Rosie Waterhouse: Save us from the tyranny of student surveys

Over the next three months, final-year undergraduates at British universities will be encouraged to take part in the National Student Survey commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council. The NSS is just one of an ever-increasing number of surveys and forums by which students are invited to give "feedback" on their university experience.

City University launches London's first MA in financial journalism

To sharpen up financial journalism, City University is introducing an MA devoted to the subject. It should fill a serious gap

Begin the new year on a positive note by enrolling in January or February

There are many reasons for beginning a university course in the new year, such as deciding to stay in education too late to apply through UCAS or seeking a fresh start after redundancy.

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