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Postgrad Lives: ‘We have to go and get stories and build contacts on our own’

Jason Grant, 29, is midway through a one year MA in broadcast journalism at City University in London, having completed a degree in media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London last summer.

Why are you on this course?

While I was taking my degree, all the journalists I spoke to, including visiting speakers at Goldsmiths, said that the best way to get into the media was via a postgraduate course. City University is one of the most respected places for these courses, so I applied and was successful.

Universities feel the heat over flight bomber

The revelation that failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab held a "War on Terror Week" of lectures when he was president of University College London's Islamic society has increased pressure on universities to assess how much of a threat violent Islamists are on campus.

Film Sequels - love at second bite

The second film in the 'Twilight' series is thriving at the box office and new research suggests that there is a formula for the perfect sequel. Kaleem Aftab reports

University accused of £36m student scam

Governors urged to quit after college falsely claimed for thousands of undergraduates

Richard Garner: Money matters, but students take precedence

The hidden tragedy of the London Metropolitan University affair is the lack of care taken to keep a check on its students, many of whom were from disadvantaged areas having their first taste of university life.

Relish for food and an appetite for change

Sheila Dillon produced 'The Food Programme' for many years before becoming its presenter. As the Radio 4 show celebrates its 30th birthday, she tells Paul Vallely how it has stimulated minds as well as taste buds

Police investigate racist mob attack

Police were today investigating a racist attack in which a mob armed with metal poles, bricks and sticks ambushed a group of Asian students.

The feral beast: Who'll be the last diarist standing?

Another rival bites the dust. The Times has axed its gossip column, which will cease to appear as of tomorrow. Wapping insiders say editor James Harding has instilled a macho culture which has no time for the whimsical People column. Diary editor Adam Sherwin returns to the newsdesk, where he was formerly media correspondent.

University staff face pensions crisis

Universities are heading for a financial crisis over the payment to staff of final salary pensions, a conference was told yesterday.

Universities face final salary pensions scheme crisis

Universities are heading for a financial crisis over the payment of final salary pensions to their staff, a conference heard today.

Norman Glass: Civil servant whose work led to the Sure Start programme

Norman Glass influenced the lives of many children and families who will never know him. Glass was a Renaissance man. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he received distinctions in Hebrew and Gaelic in his entrance examinations and achieved a first-class degree. He was awarded a post-graduate diploma in European integration from the University of Amsterdam. He also claimed to be a qualified rugby referee.

You twot! Judge brands club flood prankster

A student who caused £150,000 of damage to a nightclub in an "alcohol-fuelled act of buffoonery" was branded a "twot" by a judge today.

Trouble at the top: Malcolm Gillies' departure from City University has revealed an intense relationship between governors and vice-chancellors

When news of the sudden "resignation" of Professor Malcolm Gillies broke this summer, there was astonishment all round. The former vice-chancellor of City University in London was well-liked and respected, popular with staff and highly regarded in universities for his thoughtful and imaginative approach.

The science of journalism: Reporting on matters of life and death

The latest Masters from one of the UK's premier journalism schools aims to prepare students for reporting on issues that are a matter of life and death. Caitlin Davies reports

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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