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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.

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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.

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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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